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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Obituary - James Alvin Plumlee

James A. Plumlee, age 91, formerly of Clinton, passed away Thursday, June 6, 2019 at the Missouri Veterans Home, Warrensburg, MO. Funeral services for James will be 2PM, Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at Vansant-Mills Funeral Home, Clinton, Missouri. Visitation will be 1-2PM prior to services. Interment will follow in the Englewood Cemetery, Clinton. Memorials may be made to the Missouri Veterans Home-Canteen and can be left in care of the funeral home.

James Alvin Plumlee was born in Coal, MO May 2, 1928 to David and Ethel (Parks) Plumlee. He joined the U.S. Navy in December, 1948 and served for four years. He was a veteran of the Korean War. He was very proud of his service for his country and wore his uniform in many parades. Jim as he was known, worked for Moorman's Feed Co. for many years where he retired from. He also farmed and held other various jobs. Jim was united in marriage to Wilma Joann Bunch on January 25, 1958, and was very lonely after she passed away in June, 2009. To this union a daughter and son were born and they were very proud of their children raising them in the home he built at 7th and Bodine streets.

He was a member of the VFW Post 1894 and Allen St. Baptist Church. He volunteered at the Clinton Senior Center. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, dances at the senior center, cards and dominoes with his friends, woodworking. Jim loved playing music on his fiddle and harmonica. He was also a fan of the Kansas City Royals, but never figured out his son's fascination with the Miami Dolphins. He was very proud of his gardening talents raising many vegetables and being complimented by those who passed by.

Preceding his death were his wife, Joann, parents, David and Ethel Plumlee, brothers, Phillip and Alfred, sisters, Dorothy Preussner, Elsie Garbaldi, Georgia Logan, Linnie Smith and Irene Davidson, plus 2 infant sisters. Surviving is daughter, Wanda Quibell, Blue Springs, MO and son, David Wayne Plumlee and wife Bretta Plumlee, Clinton. His granddaughters, Crystal Pisano, and husband,
Rob, Las Vegas, NV and Ashley Caselman, and husband, Adam, and their children, James and Leo, Grain Valley,

Many nephews, nieces and friends also survive. The family would like to express its sincere thanks to the nurses and employees of the Missouri Veteran's Home.

Updated Obituary - Louise Smith

Louise Smith, 98 of Butler, Missouri passed away Thursday, June 6, 2019 at her home in Butler. Funeral services will be held 2:00 pm Monday, June 10, 2019 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009). There will be no visitation. Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice or Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Olive Louise (Louise) Burke Smith was born May 4, 1921 in Ohio to James Burke and Amy Snider Burke. She passed away at her home, surrounded by family, on June 6, 2019.

After the death of her mother, the family moved to Bates County in 1930. She attended schools in Bates and St. Clair counties. She was united in marriage to Buford Martin Smith of rural Butler, Missouri, on September 14, 1939. They purchased the family farm east of Butler where they were blessed with four children.

Louise worked with her husband on the farm in their row crop and livestock operation. After the death of her husband of 58 years in 1997, she continued to live on and manage the farm with the help of her family.

Family was Louise’s priority. She was proud of her children, grandchildren and her great grandchildren. Her favorite times were those spent around the table with family, and extended family, laughing and sharing stories.

Louise was preceded in death by her mother, Amy Snider; her father, James Burke; her stepmother, Lillian Burke; her two brothers, Mike and Roy Burke; and grandson, Darren Arthur Gilmore. She is survived by three daughters and one son: Karen Gardner; Martina (Walter) Gilmore; Anita Smith; and James (Tammy) Smith, all of rural Butler, Missouri. She leaves behind six grandchildren: Lora (Hugh) Gustin; Nancy (Landon) Simons; Elizabeth (Jeff) Cox; Curtis (Brenda) Gilmore; Zephaniah (Haylee) Smith; and Casinda Smith. Eight great grandchildren: Hayes Gustin; Sydney Cullison; Kinsey Simons; Cordell, Jake, Burke and Reid Cox; and Brayden Smith. Three step great grandchildren: Trey and Caden Gustin; Adelyn Knipp.

Louise gave her life to Jesus Christ at an early age and had a strong faith. She was the family prayer warrior. She always reminded her family she had a good relationship with the Man Upstairs. At the end of her life she was at peace knowing she would be united with Jesus and her family in Heaven.

Dry weather continues

The dry weather continues today and for the most part tomorrow. There’s a slight chance for a non-severe storm in far northwest MO/northeast KS tomorrow, but overall everyone should have another dry day.

Butler man arrested in Cass County

 Earl E. Ratliff 
On 6/7/19 around 12:55am the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Cass County arrested 36 year old Earl E. Ratliff of Butler, Missouri.

Mr. Ratliff was arrested for 1.) Tampering with a motor vehicle - 2nd Degree 2.) No Motorcycle Endorsement 3.) Possessing a plate of another vehicle 4.) Failure to drive within the right half of the roadway.

He was booked into the Cass County Jail in Harrisonville, Missouri and is currently listed as bondable. 

Disclaimer: Arrest records are public information. Any indication of an arrest does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.