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Monday, February 19, 2018

Obituary - Gary M. Burton

Gary M. Burton, age 72 years, of Clinton, Missouri passed away February 11, 2018 at Warsaw Health and Rehabilitation Center, Warsaw, Missouri. A memorial service will be held 2:00 PM. Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at the Vansant-Mills Chapel, Clinton. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Fond memories and condolunces may be left online at

Gary was born June 11, 1945 in Santa Anna, California the son of Noel B. and Emma (Tuter) Burton. He graduated from William S. Hart High School in Newhall, California. Gary served his country in the United States Air Force. He worked as a machinist at Rival Manufacturing in Clinton for many years.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brother, Wayne Burton, and son Gary Michael Burton Jr.

Among survivors are a sons, Noel Burton and Charlie Burton both of Clinton, Missouri, and two siblings Gerianne Bennett (Bruce) of Deepwater, Missouri and Barry Burton (Renda) of Dexter, Missouri. 5 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, 4 nieces and 3 nephews and many great nieces and nephews.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home, Clinton, Missouri.

Obituary - James Rich

James Rich, 23 of Kansas City, Missouri passed away February 5, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. Private family graveside services will be held Saturday, February 24, 2018 in Solo Cemetery, Hector, Arkansas. Services under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009). 

Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

James Bueford Rich was born March 13, 1994 in Clarksville, Arkansas to Dolan Rich, Jr. and Rebecca Rich. He grew up in Cossbay, Oregon and moved to Missouri in 2014. 

James is survived by his father Dolan Rich, Jr. and fiance Peggy Myers of Butler, Missouri, mother Rebecca Yarbery of Arkansas, grandmother Frances Taggort of Butler, Missouri, step-brother Daniel Myers of Butler, Missouri, step-sister Nancy Durden of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, half-sister Amanda Yarbery of Russville, Arkansas, aunt Trina Taggart of Mississippi, aunt Alice Senor of Russville, Arkansas, grandfathers, Dolan R. Rich, Sr. and John Rich both of Hector, Arkansas. He is also survived by two nephews and three nieces.

James will be forever remembered for his polite, respectful personality and his love for family.

BCMH Welcomes Dr. James Wirkkula to Adrian Family Care Clinic

Bates County Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce the return of Dr. James Wirkkula to its medical staff. Dr. Wirkkula will begin seeing patients, primarily at the Adrian Family Care Clinic, in early April, 2018.

Dr. John Bustle, CEO at BCMH, began searching for a family medicine physician as soon as he assumed his new position last year. 

As the hospital’s new CEO, Dr. Bustle gradually trimmed back his clinic hours at the Adrian facility. It has been Dr. Bustle’s priority to fill the vacancy for a family practice physician at that location as soon as possible.

Many local residents know Dr. Wirkkula, who was a member of the BCMH staff beginning in 2010, and saw patients at High Street, Nursery Street and Adrian Family Care Clinics for several years.

Dr. Wirkkula earned his medical degree from the Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1996, and completed his internship and residency with the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1999. His specialty is Family Medicine.

In the coming weeks, the hospital will publish the official date to begin scheduling appointments to see Dr. Wirkkula.

Obituary - Marjorie Maxine (Noel) Range

Marjorie Maxine (Noel) Range, 99, of Nevada, Missouri, passed away peacefully on February 16, 2018. She was born August 25, 1918 four miles south of Bronaugh to Karl F. and Lydia E. Naffziger Noel. When Marjorie was six months old her parents purchased a farm one mile north of Bronaugh where she grew up with two younger sisters and one brother.

Marjorie graduated from Bronaugh High School in 1936 and worked at household jobs until 1940 when she entered Draughon’s Business College in Springfield. In 1942 she began working at the M. J. Morse Offices at Thayer, Missouri.

Marjorie and George Arthur Range were married January 8, 1944 in Thayer. She joined her husband in Norfolk, Virginia where he was stationed with the U.S. Navy. There she worked in the billing department of a large department store. While George was at sea, Marjorie was employed in Wichita in a defense plant, then at Camp Clark in Vernon County. Following WWII, George and Marjorie settled on a farm at Willow Springs, Missouri. George died in 1949. Marjorie returned home with a two year old son and expecting a baby. Moving into Nevada when her two sons were small, she worked at Montgomery Ward and Logan Moore Lumber Co. She served as receptionist and office manager for Ozark Production Credit for 24 years until retirement in 1983.

Marjorie was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. She enjoyed membership in the Quilt Guild and the Garden Club and served as a volunteer in the NRMC Gift Shop and the Red Cross Blood Bank.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband, George Arthur Range, her son Karl Edward Range, parents Karl F and Lydia E Noel, sister Geraldine (Noel) Roggensees and sister Millicent (Noel) Meyer. She is survived by her son George W. Range (Helen), Nevada, MO and her brother Norman L. Noel and his wife Rosemary, Bronaugh, MO, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

The family extends their gratitude to Morningside and Moore-Few Care Center; doctors, nurses and staff for their loving care. We are also thankful to Pastor Deines and friends that continued to stop by and visit with her.

Memorials are suggested to St. Paul Lutheran Church in c/o Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Nevada with Rev. Chris Deines officiating. The family will receive friends from 10-11:00 a.m. prior to the service. There will be a light lunch to follow at the Church. Interment will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 26, 2018 in Willow Springs Cemetery, Willow Springs, MO.

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Butler Police Department Activity Report 2/12-2/18-2018

Harassment report
Well being check 407 W Pine
Possible prowler Water and college
Accident Fulton and Atkinson
Assist DFS
Disturbance Butler Estates  
Medical assist 300 block of S Mechanic
Medical assist 600 block of N Maple
Disturbance 400 block of S fulton
Property damage 900 block of S High
Traffic assist Schowengerdt
Traffic assist Deems
Warrant service Delaware and Flo
Disturbance USDA building
Fraud report 200 block of Wells
Trespassing call 100 block of W Mill
Disturbance Butler Tire
Traffic assist fran and Ft Scott
Property damage 100 block of Sunset
Medical assist 300 block of W Clark
Well being check 1100 block of W Mill
Accident Fulton and Nursery
Accident 400 block of W Dakota
Vandalism report 300 block of N Main
Animal complaint fulton and Clark
Traffic assist Mullinax
Well being check 5 Dove Lane
Theft report 100 block of N olive
Traffic assist Schowengerdt
Well being check South Park
Disturbance 110 E Dakota
Medical assist 1000 block of W Ft Scott
Well being check 200 block of E Ft Scott
Open door 400 block of W Nursery
Traffic assist Schowengerdt
Medical assist High and Ft Scott
Stolen vehicle 400 block of S Main
Theft repot 800 block of W Ft Scott
Traffic assist Pine & Water
Animal complaint 300 block of S Mechanic
Well being check 600 block of W Harrison

Possible prowler 200 block of W Clark

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Scattered Showers & Thunderstorms

Drizzle, and a few thunderstorms, spread north into Missouri and eastern Kansas overnight as a strong and gusty south wind brought moisture north from the Gulf. These self-same southerly winds will help lift temperatures well above normal for most of Missouri and eastern Kansas today, also helping to keep scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms percolating across the region today and tonight. 

But, tonight a cold front will settle into the far northwest corner of Missouri, which will result in accumulating freezing rain across far northwest Missouri and northern Kansas overnight into Tuesday. 

Accumulations of up to two tenths of an inch of ice will be possible in the advisory area tonight. Areas to the south of the advisory are expected to remain above freezing overnight.