Saturday, September 17, 2011

Michael D. McKinney

Michael Dennis McKinney, 63, El Dorado Springs, passed away Sept. 17, 2011, at Cox
South Hospital in Springfield. He was born Aug. 24, 1948, in Independence, to Lawrence Dennis and Jewell (Caruthers) McKinney.

Mike is survived by his wife, Jane, of the home; two sons: Rob McKinney and wife-Christy of El Dorado Springs and Andrew McKinney - Springfield; one daughter, Courtney Bland and husband-Nick of El Dorado Springs; four grandchildren - Shelby, William, Noah and Jackson; two brothers: David McKinney and wife-Connie of Carthage and Terry McKinney and wife-Linda of Shell City; and other relatives and friends.

Services began at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the El Dorado Springs Church of God (Holiness). Committal was in Greenlawn Cemetery at Shell City under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Church of God (Holiness) Benevolence Fund and left at the funeral home.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Rodney Ray Ridinger

Rod Ridinger, 56, Raytown, passed away Sept. 15, 2011, from complications of cancer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Frances Ridinger; and brother, Ronnie Ridinger.

He leaves behind his wife of 31 years, Rose Ann; daughters, Andrea and Kristen; two grandchildren; brothers Rory (Rhonda), Rance (Dana) - El Dorado Springs; sister, Leisa (Joe) Daniel; aunt, Beverly Bradshaw; uncle, Tom Wright; Father-in-law, Anthony Anello; many nieces, nephews and extended family.
Private family services.

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(Arrangements: D.W. Newcomer’s Sons Floral Hills Chapel, 816/353-1218)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mary Lucille (Wells) Gilmore

Mary Lucille (Wells) Gilmore, 84, the daughter of Francis Marion and Lillie Edith (Gamble) Wells, was born Aug. 29, 1927, Walker and passed from this life at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, at the Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

Mary attended school in Schell City, graduating with the class of 1945. She worked for a time at what was then known as the Nevada State Hospital.

On July 27, 1942, she was united in marriage to Almon Edward Ogle and to their union two children were born. He passed away Jan. 3, 1964. Later she married George Andrew Gilmore and together they had one daughter.

Mary lived much of her life in Missouri but for a time did live in Iowa. She lived mostly in El Dorado Springs and was employed at the International Shoe Company for 19 years. She attended cosmetology school in the 1960s only to find out that was not the career for her. In later years she and George moved to Adrian, but spent most winters in California and Arizona.

Her hobbies included a love of reading, crossword puzzles, Bingo and the Game Show Network.

Mary was saved at an early age and was a member of the United Methodist Church in El Dorado Springs.

Survivors include her son, Everette Ogle and his wife – Donna of Moundville; one daughter, Della Underwood, and her husband – Buddy of Ellington; two brothers, Bob Wells and his wife – Dorothea of Schell City; and Harry Wells and his wife – Carol of Butler; four sisters – Bettie Fox of Schell City, Cordy Reed of Adrian, June Gardner of Raytown and Dorothy Vantellman and her husband, Sam of Schell City; six grandchildren – Kim Whitesell, Amber Jenkins, Felicia Love, Tera Underwood, Roy Love and Tearstin Ogle; five great- grandchildren – Kesha Hurley, Dakota Patterson, Tristen Patterson, Eain McKinney and Justice Love; and one great- great grandson, Gavin Hurley; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Lillie and Hazel; and her beloved daughter, Misty Dawn Vann who passed away Aug. 3, 2011.

Services were held Friday, Sept 16, at the Schell City Christian Church with Bro.
Grady Davis officiating. Musical selections were “The Old Rugged Cross” and “How Great
Thou Art.” Pallbearers were Mike Reed, Bill Reed, Randy Reed, David Hill, Dennis
Vantellman and Doug Vantellman. Honorary pallbearers were Tom Fox and Jerry Gardner.
Interment was in the Green Lawn Cemetery in Schell City. Memorials are suggested to the family. Arrangements for Mrs. Gilmore were entrusted to the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home in Schell City.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Linda Darlene Jenkins

Linda Darlene Jenkins, 78, El Dorado Springs, passed away Sept.10, 2011, at Cedar County Hospital. She was born Jan. 8, 1933, in Los Angeles, CA, to Darrell and Linda (Riley) Sander.

She graduated from Compton High School in Long Beach, CA, and later attended San Francisco School of Cosmetology. On Jan. 24, 1953, she married James Harold Jenkins in Nevada. Darlene was saved and baptized in the Missionary Baptist Church.

After moving to Missouri, Darlene worked for Nevada Habilitation Center, Casey’s General Stores and Jump Stop Convenience Store. She enjoyed working, shopping, a good recipe and being with family and friends.

She was known to all as “Granny,” and was always willing to give honest advice. Granny loved good company, good food and a good joke. She loved to brag about her grandchildren and host family get-togethers. She loved to watch professional baseball and football, spend time shopping with friends and go out to lunch. She was very independent and head strong and for many years managed her husband’s business and farm. She retired from Nevada Habilitation Center as a DA2 before working at Casey’s and Jump Stop. If a customer was ever short money, she would help them out. She had a heart of gold, but was always honest with all her comments.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Darrell and Linda Sander; her husband, James Jenkins, her daughter, Darla Boultinghouse, and great-granddaughter, Darla.
Survivors include: her daughter, Sandra Gillis - Joplin; one sister, Jeanette Chandler - Camp Verde, AZ; seven grandchildren - Robert Gillis, Shane Davis and wife - Virginia, Lee Roy Boultinghouse and wife - Amy, Jennifer Daniel and husband - Jeff, Eric Boultinghouse, Samantha Gillis and Sean Gillis; and eight great-grandchildren - Skyler Greathouse, Ty Davis, KenLeigh Daniel, Wesley Davis, Kaelin Daniel, Kale Boultinghouse, Kylah Daniel, and Darlinda Davis.

The family will receive friends on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, from 7-8 p.m., at Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home. Final disposition is cremation under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.

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Eldon Dean Thompson

Eldon Dean Thompson, 84, El Dorado Springs, died Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, at Community Springs Health Center in El Dorado Springs.

Eldon was born Feb. 28, 1927, in Robinson, KS, to Tonnes and Anna (Reidel) Thompson.
Eldon married Ruthanna Margaret Albers on Aug. 15, 1964, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Atchison, KS. She preceded him in death on Dec. 23, 1996.

They lived in Atchison three years before moving to Nevada.

Eldon and Ruthanna had three children – Philip, David and Marcella. After Ruthanna’s retirement for the Nevada Daily Mail, they traveled and lived in many different places in Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma. A short time before her death they settled in Stickney, S D. Eldon stayed in South Dakota a few years after Ruthanna’s death and then returned to Missouri.

Eldon was a longtime faithful servant of God. He also was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan. Eldon enjoyed his family very much and loved his grandchildren. He looked forward to going to visit family on their farm every Sunday.

Eldon is survived by his sons, David Thompson and wife - Lynda, of Sacramento, CA and Phil Thompson and his wife – Susan, of Walker; and his daughter, Marcella Lukenbill, and her husband – Ed of Nevada, and his two grandchildren, Susan Lukenbill and Chase Thompson.

His graveside service began at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the Mt. Carmel Cemetery, 5.5 miles west of Golden City.

The family has suggested memorials to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Curmit C. Casey

Curmit C. Casey, 80, of Overland Park, KS, passed away on Friday, Sept. 9, 2011. He was born in Strawn, KS, on March 18, 1931, to Olin and Agnes (Bland) Casey. He spent his early years in Cedar/St. Clair County residing in the Black Jack area.

In 1952 Curmit moved to Kansas City and became an employee of General Motors Fairfax Plant, working in the trim department and emissions control. On Feb. 12, 1966, he married his soul mate, Annadell Finke. He retired from GM in 1982, having been a loyal worker for 30 years.

That same year Curmit embarked upon a second career when he joined the Dale Carnegie
Training as a sales representative with the responsibility of forming new classes. He was 2nd and 3rd in personal production three years in a row. This was a superb accomplishment considering the fact that the Dale Carnegie Training is taught in 168 countries. He retired from the Dale Carnegie Training in 2002 having faithfully pursued what was his passion—serving others and helping them to reach their full potential.

Curmit was a member of the Church of God (Holiness) and served on the board of deacons for many years. He had a perfect Sunday school attendance record of 46 years. He had a deep consuming desire to advance the kingdom of God by giving to missions. This was evident in the fact that he was responsible for having a church built in Chaine Moulin in the mountains of Haiti, a well dug in Africa and the translation of the Bible from English to Spanish via the Bardales Spanish Ministry.

The pursuit of travel was Curmit and Ann’s favorite pastime—having traveled to the Caribbean, Hawaii, Tahiti, China and Europe.

Curmit was preceded in death by his parents, Olin and Agnes Casey; and his brother, Clemit Casey.

He leaves his beloved wife of 45 years, Annadell Casey, of Overland Park, KS; a sister, Wanda Casey, of El Dorado Springs; a nephew, Dr. Rick Casey, of El Dorado Springs; a nephew, Mick Casey, of Forsyth; a niece, Karen Casey, of Hicksville, OH; two great nephews, Patrick Casey, of Hollywood, CA, and Scott Casey and wife, Kristen, of El Dorado Springs; a great niece, Sarah Marcum, and husband, Jake, of Fort Bragg, NC; two grandnephews, Trey and Talon Marcum, and two grandnieces, Taylor and Taryn Marcum, all of Fort Bragg, NC. Also surviving is his father-in-law, Paul Finke, of Florissant, along with many other relatives and friends.

Curmit will be greatly missed as he was often heard to say, “I just love people,” and his many friends were a testimony to that fact.

The family received friends at Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

The memorial service were held at the El Dorado Springs Church of God (Holiness) at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15. Officiating were Rev. Ernest Mullins, Rev. William Cook, Rev. Joe Trussell, Rev. Rene’ Bardales and Rick Easley. Music was provided by Barry Witt, Richard Beckham and Marla Cook. Interment followed in El Dorado Springs City Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Dr. Rick Casey, Mick Casey, Scott Casey, Brad Yager, Reggie Hamilton and Rick Easley. Honorary pallbearers were Gerald Bland, Junior Bland, Len Bland, Clayton Bland, Randy L. Bland and Rene’ Bardales.

The family suggests memorial contributions be given to Kansas University Endowment Association, The Kidney Institute; Attention: Kelsi Remmert, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Mail Stop 3018, Kansas City, KS, 66160.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Eleanor Virginia (Jones) Purtle

Eleanor Virginia (Jones) Purtle, 87, El Dorado Springs, passed away Sept. 7, 2011. She was born Aug. 12, 1924, to Clyde O. and Lona M. (Hamilton) Jones near Caplinger Mills, the eldest of three children.

She attended nearby rural grade schools and high school at Caplinger and Halfway. In 1946, she married W.H. “Doc” Purtle. Except for a brief time in Bates County, they lived in the Rookins area before moving to El Dorado Springs in 1961. They lost an infant son shortly after his birth and later had a daughter, Janice.

Eleanor was a homemaker, farm wife and a Godly influence in her home. Among her interests were sewing, crafts, gardening and canning and, in later years, genealogy.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, W. H. “Doc” Purtle; her sister, Helen R. Purtle; and a brother, James Lowell Jones.

Survivors include her daughter, Janice (Bill) Amick, and their daughter Kaitlyn; Helen’s children - Darrel (Carleen) Purtle, Glenda (Steve) Mays, and Lora (Milan L.) Bourland; her sister-in-law, Leila Jones, and her children: Brenda Miller, Trisha (Michael) Toth, Linda (Frank) Post, Randy (Julie) Jones, and Kim Jones; and many other relatives and friends.

Services were held on Monday, Sept. 12, at Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home. Rev. Joe Trussell officiated. Burial followed in El Dorado Springs City Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Bob Cartwright Jr., Mike Cartwright, Phillip Hamilton, Randy E. Bland, C.E. Hackleman and Charles Worthington.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Association or American Macular Degeneration Foundation and left at the funeral home.

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