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Friday, December 14, 2018

Obituary - French “Buddy” Mario Butler II

Buddy M. Butler
March 4, 1962 - December 13, 2018
Age: 56 Years, 9 Months, 9 Days
Hill and Son Funeral Home
Appleton City, Missouri
Monday, December 17, 2018
2:00 pm
Jerry Johannigmeier
Hill and Son Funeral Home
Appleton City, Missouri
Monday, December 17, 2018
12:00-2:00 pm
Oak Hill Cemetery
Butler, Missouri
Appleton City Athletic Boosters

French “Buddy” Mario Butler II passed away peacefully at his home outside of Appleton City, Missouri, on December 13, 2018. The only son of French Mario and Pearl (Weinstein) Butler, he was born on March 4, 1962 in Kansas City, Missouri. He attended Hudson School, where he made many lifelong friends, and then graduated from Appleton City High School in 1980. Buddy immediately took over his family farm and began ranching, which he continued all his life.
Buddy married Kim Hampton in 1987, yet even through a divorce they remained close friends. He later married Jenny Jennings in 2001, gaining a daughter Olivia, who he always adored. Jenny and Buddy divorced, but remained best friends and family.      
Buddy was known and remembered as a “gentleman-farmer,” who enjoyed supervising his cattle operation as much as laboring in it. He spent many white-knuckled Sunday afternoons watching Chiefs football and providing “expert” commentary on how the team might improve. Buddy dearly loved a big-fat-steak and refreshments on evenings, weekends, and holidays. One of his favorite activities was “stirring-the-pot” and amusing himself by riling up his friends and family, all in good fun. He will be dearly missed by all those who encountered him.    
He is preceded in death by his father and mother, French Mario and Pearl (Weinstein) Butler.
Buddy is survived by those he considered family: Jenny Butler and his daughter Olivia Jennings; as well as Straton and Kim Raybourn and Straton Lee Raybourn; and his cousins. He will be deeply missed by his many friends.

Obituary - John J. Kauffman

John J. Kauffman, 92, passed away on December 10, 2018 in his home in Grand Junction, Colorado. 

Born August 12, 1926, in El Dorado Springs, Missouri, he was the son of John and Ellen L. (Jennings) Kauffman. He attended school through 8th grade in Pleasanton, KS before leaving home at the age of 16 to pursue work in agriculture. 

John spent many years driving truck and custom combining across the western United States. John settled in Hillsdale, WY in the 1950s where he achieved great success seeing countless harvests up until the age of 87 when he retired.

Family was very important to John, there were many summers when relatives would assist with harvest, many coming to stay for the summer. John shared his love for farming with his brother Don and nephew Dennis Curry. When John wasn''t working hard in the field he enjoyed snowmobiling, traveling and spending time with family. John was especially close with great-nephew Matthew Curry (wife Rachel), great-niece Jami Curry (husband Ryan), and great-niece Jill Strenger (husband Jacob). In his later years, John enjoyed watching his great-grandnieces and nephew play in his yard, spending time with friends and family, and reading the adventures of Louis L''Amour.

John is preceded in death by his parents, brother Don Kauffman and sister Ida Crail. John is survived by his siblings Marjorie Curry of Liberal, Kansas and Virginia Schmid (husband Dudley) of Houston, Texas. John is also survived by his 11 nieces and nephews, many great-nieces and nephews, and great-grandnieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 17 at 11:00 a.m. at the Pleasanton Cemetery in Pleasanton, KS. The family suggests donations may be made to HopeWest Hospice in Grand Junction, Colorado, and they may be mailed in care of Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory P.O. Box 525 Pleasanton, Kansas 66075. Online condolences may be left at

Search Warrant Served in Nevada

In the morning hours of Thursday December 13, 2018 Nevada Police executed a search warrant in the 700 block of South Clay Street in connection to a felony wanted subject hiding inside.

Officers had developed information from the local probation & parole office that a known female subject who had an outstanding felony arrest warrant for probation violation was living at that location.

Officers went by the address in an attempt to serve the arrest warrant. Upon arriving at the residence officers could hear someone inside the residence, but they refused to cooperate with law enforcement.

Officers subsequently obtained a search warrant for the suspect’s residence. During the execution of the warrant officers located the wanted female suspect inside the residence.

While attempting to take the female subject into custody, a male subject inside the residence interfered with officers while they were making the arrest and was also taken into custody.

Two subjects were taken into custody and transported to the Vernon County Jail for holding. The two subjects were identified as follows:

Tiffany Johnson, age 34 of Nevada

Baldemar Martinez Jr, age 53 of Nevada

On December 13, 2018, the following charges were filed against Tiffany Johnson through the Vernon County Associate Court:

Resisting Arrest for a Felony – Felony E

Johnson is being held in the Vernon County Jail in lieu of a $5,000 cash only bond for the resisting arrest charge. Johnson is also being held on a felony probation violation warrant with no bond.

On December 13, 2018 the following charges were filed against Baldemar Martinez Jr through the Vernon County Associate Court:

Interfering with an Arrest for a Felony – Felony E

Martinez is being held in the Vernon County Jail in lieu of a $5,000 cash only bond.

Citizens are encouraged to contact the police if they have any information that would be helpful to combat crime.

For questions regarding crime prevention techniques or to start a Neighborhood Watch Program, contact the Nevada Police Department at (417) 448-5100.

To report criminal activities call 911 or us the Tip Hotline (417) 667-8477