Donna Sue Bush Keefhaver

Donna Sue Keefhaver, 59, Holt, Mo., passed away February 19, 2017 at her home. Donna was born August 28, 1957 to Vernon and Gladys Bush. She was proceeded in death by her father. She leaves behind her best friend, Nick Blank; mother, Gladys Anderson Tellfer; sister, Lisa (Ron) McEntire;...

Madison Hart Ellington

Madison Hart Ellington, 31, Kearney, Mo., passed away on February 17, 2017. Madison Hart Ellington, son of Bennie and Debra Ellington, was born on December 21, 1985. Madison graduated from Kearney High School in 2004 and had received an AS in Computer Network Management from ITT institute. He was...

Jerry O’Leary

Jerry O’Leary, 80, Excelsior Springs, Mo., passed away February 16, 2017. Jerry was born November 23, 1936 to Gerald E. and Edith (Richards) O’Leary in Madison Township, Ohio. Jerry was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church of Excelsior Springs. He was a member of the KC Fine...

Connie Kay Deere

Connie Kay Deere passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at St. Lukes Hospital. Connie was born on February 1, 1943 in Fulton, Ill., to John and Katherine Balk. As a graduate of Moline Public Nursing School, Connie was an RN in Moline, Detroit, Washington,...

Charles E. Asberry

Charles “Ed” Asberry, 85, Excelsior Springs, Mo., passed away February 15, 2017. Charles was born November 6, 1931 in Ellington, Mo., to Charles and Essie (Weems) Asberry. He attended school in St. Louis, Mo., graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1949. He was united in marriage to Sondra Kintner...

Vernon Cordell King

Vernon Cordell King passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at North Kansas City Hospital. Vernon was born October 20, 1923 in Vibbard, Mo., to Anna (Clevenger) and Clarence King. He was a proud World War II Army veteran and tank commander during the famous...

Nelson L. “Swede” Dykes

Nelson L. “Swede” Dykes, 79, passed away February 7, 2017 at Valley Manor in Excelsior Springs, Mo. Nelson was born January 1, 1938 in Holt, Mo., to Guy and Dorothy (Carlson) Dykes. He graduated from Lawson High School in 1956. He worked as a truck driver most of his...

Santos Gutierrez

Santos Gutierrez, 90, died February 3, 2017, at his home in Excelsior Springs, M0. He was born November 1, 1926, in a Union Pacific Section house in Josselyn, Neb. Santos was a W.W. II Army Veteran. He served 18 months as a radio technician in Alaska. He later enlisted...

Murrell J. Thomas

Murrell J. Thomas, 90, of Orrick, Mo., passed away at his home on February 3 2017. His daughter, Lois Stein, and Al Stein, his grandson, were by his side. Murrell was born October 7, 1926 to Murrell C. and Lura Thomas in Breckenridge, Mo. He had two sisters, Mary...

Nila J. Blackwell

Nila J. Blackwell, 87 years of age, from Excelsior Springs, Mo., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, with his wife and family by his side. He was born in Trenton, Texas, to Mary Lou and Walter Blackwell on April 4, 1929. He was a veteran of the...

Bettie A. (Williams) Keller

Bettie A. (Williams) Keller, 86, of Kearney, Mo., passed away January 31, 2017. Bettie was born November 20, 1930 to Ray and Helen (Smith) Williams in Nashua, Mo. She joined First Christian Church at the age of 12. Bettie was preceded in death by her mother and father, and...

Lonnie Dravenstott

Lonnie Dravenstott, 78, Lawson, Mo., passed away January 31, 2017. Lonnie was born November 23, 1938 to Charles and Georgia (Mallory) Dravenstott in Henrietta, Mo. He married Larenda Pennington on December 30, 1968. He was a carpenter by trade and owned L.D. Construction for 31 years. He was a...