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Monday, September 30, 2019

Obituary - Margaret Engle

Margaret Engle, 80 of Kanas City, Kansas passed away Sunday, September 29, 2019 at River Bend Care Center. Graveside services will be held 2:00 pm Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Sharon Cemetery, Drexel, Missouri. No visitation. 

Services under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel (660-679-0009). Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Margaret was born June 8, 1939 in Kansas City, Missouri to Henry and Margaret Campbell Stevenin. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Willard Stevenin, and brother-in-law DJ Rash. Margaret is survived by her son Gene Engle, sisters, Norma Rash and Linda VanHoecke, her brother Ronald Stevenin, along with nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

Student brings gun to Belton Middle School

On 9-30-19 at about 12:20 PM, Belton Police school resource officers were notified that a student had brought a gun to the Belton Middle School (107 Pirate Pkwy) and hid it in the gym area.

A 14 year old was referred to the Cass County Juvenile Office. The gun was recovered and no one was injured in any way.

The Belton Police Department and the Belton School District are continuing to investigate the incident.

Obituary - Charles "Chuck" Foxworth

Charles “Chuck” Alvin Foxworth, age 82, of Butler, Missouri passed away September 29, 2019 at his home in Butler. Cremation, with memorial services scheduled for 6:00 pm Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Double Branch Christian Church. Arrangements entrusted to Mullinax Fuenral Home, Butler (660-679-0009). 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

He was born on April 23, 1937 in Chipley, Florida the son of Alrie “Red” Jackson Foxworth and Emma Lee Skinner. He was an electrician with his dad before enlisting in the Army in 1955. After being honorably discharged from the army, he married Alice LeWallen in 1957 after 36 years of marriage Alice passed away. Chuck was a man of many talents including putting together bicycles and wagons from the dumpsters for his kids. Chuck worked in the orange groves of Florida then later moved to Kansas to work road construction as a roller operator where he earned the nickname Smooth. He worked as a roller operator until he retired in 1999 from the Operators Union. He was united in marriage in 1995 to Joyce Clark and was married for 23 years until his passing. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Alice, and 3 brothers Johnny, J.R. and Paul Foxworth. His survivors include his wife Joyce of the home. Two brothers Roy Gene Foxworth and wife Betty, Jerry Foxworth and wife Hazel. One Sister, Agnes Scurlock and husband Tom, all of Chipley, Florida. Two Sons Richard Glen Foxworth and wife Cora of Bremerton Washington and Tim Foxworth and wife Pam of Mound City, Kansas. Two Stepsons Tony Clark and wife Sherry of Nevada, Missouri and Perry Clark and wife Lisa of Butler, Missouri. One Stepdaughter Kristi Gaylord and husband Richard of Butler, Missouri. Eight Grandchildren: Aaron Foxworth and wife Ricque, Kristin Burris and husband Tommy, Alicia Meadors, Rudy Abala and wife DeAnn, Renae Duncan and husband Skylar, Duane Gaylord and fiancĂ© Ashley, Kadan Jackson, and Alan Clark. 15 Great-Grandchildren: Kayla Abala, Hunter, Hayden, Houston, Holden, Jaidynn, and Jilliann Foxworth, Corbin Dozier, Alex Foxworth, Dominic and Isabella Howells, Michael, Charlotte (Charley), and Noah Meador, Addisynn Marrone and 1 on the way Brendan Gaylord. Along with many nieces and nephews.

Updated Obituary - Barbara Joan Burch

Barbara Joan Burch, 89 of Butler, Missouri passed away Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Research Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at Mullinax Funeral Home (660-679-0009) in Butler. 

Visitation will be Monday evening from 5-7 PM at the funeral home. Burial will follow services in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler. Memorial contributions are suggested to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Butler Senior Center, or Giving Fore Living. Messages and memories for the family may be left at

Barbara was born on December 15, 1929 in Butler, Missouri at the old hospital on South Havana Street, the daughter of Otis Harrison Ehart and Edna Alberta Boling Ehart. She was an avid lifelong farm girl, she was knowledgeable in the operation of a farm, and she often remarked her familiarity with the farm was because she was her dad’s “son” for farm work.

Barbara was a graduate of Butler High School and proud to be drum majorette and baton twirler for the marching band. She married Bill Burch on September 30, 1950 at the Christian Church. Leroy Beckham performed the ceremony. She then continued her life as housewife, farmwife, mother, cub scout den mother, 4-H leader, secretary and receptionist for Dr. Curtis Long for 31 years.

Kids and grandkids were everything to Barbara and Bill. As their family grew, they were always available for babysitting, or watching the kids in sports, or whatever was needed. They made it their priority. Only Barbara lived long enough to experience great grandchildren, and she has now been seen in 5 four-generation pictures.

Throughout her life, Barbara was a mover and a shaker. She wanted to participate and excel at just about everything and she scheduled her activities down to the minute. During high school Barbara worked at Wheeler Baker, Ray’s Tin Shop, JB Walton, Vance Clothing, Charley Wynes Grocery, and Bates County Farm Bureau. She was a member of DAR, president of Butler High Alumni, Old Settlers, and Progressive Ladies Extension Club. She was always active in the Bates County Republicans.

In her “retirement” years Barbara enjoyed organizing tours and bus trips for her own “Lots-O-Fun Tours.” She was a devout worker and supporter at the RLDS (now the Community of Christ) Church, a key volunteer at the local thrift shop, and both a participant and organizer at the Butler Senior Center. She was Bates County’s hummingbird lady and authority. She wrote articles and weekly factoids for the local papers and did presentations on her little feathered friends for clubs and organizations. She would reserve calendar dates and drive miles for card games. And she liked to win.

She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant brother, her husband William A. (Bill) Burch, who died December 2012, and was also preceded by her father and mother-in-law, Jerry and Mary Burch, whom she called Mom and Dad as if they were her own.

Survivors include Dr. Doug Burch and wife Danel, Neosho, MO, Larry Burch and wife Denise, Butler, MO, Brett Burch of the home. Grandchildren Danica Mooney and Michael, Devon Figge and Matt, Jessica Burch, Darci Cohorst and Josh, Jamie Liles and Jared, and Will Burch. Five great-grandchildren and one scheduled to arrive in October. Barbara will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Obituary - Glenn William Mullen

Glenn William Mullen, 83, Peculiar, MO, passed away Sunday, September 29, 2019 at John Knox Village Hospice House in Lee’s Summit, MO. 

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 3, 2019 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, MO with burial in Wills Cemetery, Peculiar. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 2 at the Atkinson Funeral Home.

(A complete obituary will be posted when information is available).

Obituary - Larry Ridgway

Larry Ridgway, 74, Calhoun, passed away Friday, September 27, 2019 at Research Medical Center, Kansas City, MO. Condolences and fond memories may be left online at Visitation will be on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 from 5-7pm at Vansant-Mills Funeral Home. Funeral services will be on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 2pm also at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Calhoun Cemetery, Calhoun, Mo. The family suggests memorial contributions to be made to the Larry Ridgway Memorial Fund and may be left in care of the funeral home.

Larry Eugene Ridgway was born August 30, 1945 to Johnnie and Jenneva Ridgway. Larry attended high school in Calhoun, Mo, graduating in 1963. He later married his high school sweetheart and soulmate, Linda Redding Ridgway, on June, 12, 1964; they remained married until his passing. Their marriage produced two children, Bret Ridgway and Krista Lutjen, of whom Larry was very proud of.

Larry lived a very full and busy life. He enjoyed his work life, working for White Sheet Metal Roofing as a union roofer until 1984. He then became a union crane operator (Local 101) in Kansas City, Ks, for Harrington Roofing Company, where he retired in 2007. He worked at many construction sites in the Kansas City area, all the while wearing his "cowboy hat" hard hat and making several close friends along the way. Although he grew up in a small town, Larry could confidently tell you how to get anywhere in and around Kansas City, and was always proud to point out the projects that he worked on as he passed by.

Larry also enjoyed his farm life. He grew up on a farm working with his dad and mom, and later continued farming with his son, Bret, and grandsons, Cole, Austin and Chet. He loved being out on a tractor, working fields and bailing hay. Larry loved his cattle work as well. In 1999, Larry went into a cattle partnership with Henry Adkins, of Henry Adkins Printing. Larry and Henry were great friends and met every Sunday to discuss cows and business. When Larry was not working or tending to his farm, he was competing in horse shows. He and his family participated in shows all over the state of Missouri, alongside longtime friend Russel Hudson, winning the State Fair numerous times, as well as The American Royal. Larry enjoyed taking his family to Cheyenne Frontier Days in Wyoming, where he loved watching the Chuck Wagon races and visiting the horse sale. In his down time, Larry also enjoyed playing card games with his friends and family - which usually ended up being a learning experience for everyone else.

Larry was known as a hardworking and humble man with hundreds of friends. He was a man of faith and would have done anything asked of him, regardless of personal gain and without complaint. He took great pride in everything that he did, whether it be working, farming, or spending time with his wife, kids, and grandkids. He lived a very fulfilled and happy life and will be greatly missed by all.

Larry is survived by his 95 year-old mother, Jenneva; the love of his life and wife of 55 years, Linda; his son, Bret Ridgway (Cathy Ridgway); his daughter, Krista Lutjen (Cody Lutjen); 6 grandchildren; Cole Ridgway (Carolina Gahn); Austin Ridgway (Kayla Ridgway); Chet Ridgway (Katerina Schroeder); Cody Escalante; Courtney Rotramel (Jessica Symmonds); Shaylee Lutjen (Spencer Ferrebee); his nephew, Kevin Redding and family; his niece, Ann Bilbruk and family; his sister-in-law, Mildred Redding; his great friends, Russel Hudson and Judy; Jessica Hostle and family; and lastly his beloved dog, Jack Russell Eugene Ridgway, whom he grew to love more than he ever thought he would.

Larry is preceded in death by his father, Johnnie Ridgway; brother-in-law, Kenny Redding; sister-in-law, Doris Bonner; nephews, Larry Keith Chastain and Cody Bennefeld; and foster son, Daryl Fallin.

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

Obituary - Timothy " Tim" Silver

Funeral services for Timothy "Tim" Silver age 50 formerly of Adrian will be held on Friday October 4, 2019 at 1:30pm at the Schowegerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler.

Tim is survived by his parents Kenny and Thelma Silver of Nevada,Missouri, 1 daughter Faith Silver of Archie, Missouri, 1 stepson Matt Keek and 2 stepdaughters Ashley and Sarah.

Funeral is under the direction of the Schowegerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler.