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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Obituary - Susan Shields

Susan Shields, 64 of Butler, Missouri passed away July 3, 2018 at Medicalodges of Butler. Funeral services will be held 1:00 pm Friday, July 6, 2018 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009). A visitation will be held prior to the service Friday from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, also at the funeral home. 

Burial will follow will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri. Memorial contributions are suggested to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Susan Lynn Shields was born October 21, 1953 in Charleston, West Virginia to John and Freda Mae Beckett. She attended school in Charleston and graduated from High School in 1971. Susan then attended Marshall University, graduating in 1976 with her teaching degree in Special Education. She taught for three years in Huntington, WV at Grandview Elementary School.

On Labor Day in 1980, Susan met Robert Shields, Jr. They would later be united in marriage on July 11, 1981.

Susan enjoyed life, she loved to cook, read, and ride bicycles, she also loved to spend time with her family. She will be forever remembered for her bright smile, positive attitude and loving spirit.

Susan was preceded in death by her father in 1998, and by her older sister Elizabeth “Libby” Holcomb in 1984.

She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Robert Shields, Jr. of Butler, MO., by her mother Freda Beckett of WV., brother John Beckett, Jr. and wife Alison of TX., sister Kimberly Casto and husband John of WV. She is also survived by her nieces,

Way to go David Jackson

Congratulation to David Jackson for winning the Reserve National Grand Champion Non Pro Stallion at the 71st annual Appaloosa National Show in Ft. Worth, Texas .

Classic Ego is owned by David and Annette Jackson and Linda and the late Don Law of rural Butler. - Photo Submitted to us

Third Time's a charm for Bates County Resident

BCMH Cardiac Rehab

Seventy-nine-year-old Gary Hoover is a believer in the power of the cardiac rehabilitation program at Bates County Memorial Hospital (BCMH), but that wasn’t always the case for the retired truck driver.

“I had a stent put in my heart to open a blockage in 1996. I went through cardiac rehab then, but didn’t go back after I finished the sessions my insurance plan would cover,” Gary admits.

In 2003, he had another stenting procedure, following it up with a second round of cardiac rehab. But again, he didn’t stick with the program.

Then, two years ago Gary had six-way cardiac bypass surgery. “After that, I decided I had better wake up, and get with it,” Gary said.

When Gary was officially discharged from cardiac rehabilitation, he continued working out three times a week via the phase IV maintenance exercise/basic vital signs monitoring program.

Cost of the maintenance program typically isn’t covered by health insurance, but the hospital is making the program affordable at the low cost of only $34 a month for individuals; or $42.50 a month for couples.

For Gary, access to the staff’s expertise and caring attitude is worth every penny. “To me, the hospital’s cardiac rehab program is top-of-the-line. The staff keeps tabs on my blood pressure and weight, and makes sure I’m healthy so I can stay active.”

And it’s working! Gary enjoys riding his Yamaha 1300 motorcycle, serving as captain for the West Central Missouri Division of the Patriot Guard. In fact, he’s ridden on more than 200 missions since he began volunteering with the group.

“The staff at BCMH Cardiac Rehab is awesome,” Gary said. “I’m much more comfortable coming here than going to a gym.”

Before you can begin working out like Gary, you must complete a brief readiness questionnaire to be sure you are healthy enough to start exercising. The staff also checks each member’s vital signs and provides some basic counseling and guidance on beginning an aerobic and strength training exercise routine.

No physician referral is required to participate, unless your readiness score demonstrates the need for clearance from a qualified health care provider. For participation in vigorous exercise, it is recommended that men older than 45 and women older than 50 seek physician clearance. The maintenance program is based on the healthy adult guidelines for a moderate level of exercise intensity.

For more information, call Jacque Waite, R.N., BCMH Cardiac Rehab, 660-200-7128.

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Obituary - Dennis (Denny) L. Tucker

Dennis (Denny) L. Tucker, 69, of Drexel, Missouri passed away on July 3, 2018 at his home in Drexel. 

Cremation, with a visitation 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel (660-679-0009). Graveside services will follow in West Point Cemetery in Merwin, Missouri. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Drexel Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Denny was born October 29, 1948 in Drexel, Missouri to Lester and Velma Corbin Tucker. He attended school in Drexel and graduated in 1966.

He spent 10 years as a cattle/farm manager in Spring Hill, Kansas. He then spent the next 27 years as a member of the Teamsters Union before retiring in 2009.

Denny was preceded in death by this parents, Lester and Velma, two brothers, Kenny and Bob and a sister, Linda. He is survived by his children, Michelle (Paula) Tucker and James (Amy) Tucker. His grandchildren; Abigail and James, a brother Larry and two sisters, Margie and Doris as well as an ex-wife, Carolyn of forty years. Denny will greatly be missed by many extended family and friends.

Hot and Humid 4th of July

Hot and humid conditions can be expected on this 4th of July with afternoon heat index values ranging from the upper 90s to near 105 degrees. 

A Heat Advisory is in effect for portions of central Missouri into eastern Kansas. Have a fun and safe 4th of July.