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Monday, April 13, 2020

Obituary - Carol Jean Culver

Carol Jean Culver age 73 of Harrisonville and formerly Rich Hill, passed away Friday, April 10, at St. Luke's East, Lee's Summit, Mo. 

Funeral arrangements are under direction of Heuser Funeral Home, Rich Hill, and a memorial service is to be scheduled later.

Obituary - Willard C. Bettels

Willard C. Bettels, 86 of Butler, passed away Monday, April 13, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be privately held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, with burial in the Oak Hill Cemetery. 

A public memorial service will be held at a later time. Cards or other sentiments may be left in care of the Mullinax Funeral Home (10 S. High St., Butler, Mo., 64730) and will be forwarded to the family. Messages may also be left at

Obituary - Danny R. Rayfield

Danny R. Rayfield, age 68, of Raymore, Missouri, passed away on Friday, April 10, 2020 in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

At this time, a memorial service celebrating Danny’s life will be held on a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Crescent Hill Cemetery, 776 North West County Road 14002, Adrian, Missouri 64720.

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri 816.322.5278

Obituary - Earnest "Pete" Eugene Honn

Earnest "Pete" Eugene Honn age 92, of Independence, Missouri, passed away, Saturday, April 11th, 2020 at the Rosewood Care Center, Independence, Missouri. 

Pete's wishes where to have a private family graveside on Wednesday, April 16th, 2020 at the Vansant Road Cemetery, Clinton, Missouri. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Vansant Road Cemetery in Pete's name and may be left in the care of the funeral home.

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

Obituary - Ronald "Ron" Wayne Gaddy

Ron Gaddy, 62, Garden City, Missouri departed this life on Saturday, April 11, 2020 at the Cass Regional Medical Center, Harrisonville.

He is survived by his spouse, Kandie Bircher of the home; a daughter, Sara Gaddy, Harrisonville, Missouri; a granddaughter, Chloe Cronin; two brothers, Bill Gaddy, Belton, Missouri, Larry Gaddy, Steinauer, Nebraska; two sisters, Loretta O'Connor, Garden City, Missouri; Wanda Gaddy, Adrian, Missouri; other relatives and many friends.

A private family graveside service will be held at the Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville, Missouri.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held by the family at a later date.

A complete obituary will be published when it becomes available.

News from the Henry County Office of Emergency Management

As of 13 April, 2020 Henry County, MO has 5 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19. Please keep these folks and their families in your thoughts, this can happen to anyone. Missouri currently has 4,388 Positive COVID-19 cases, and 114 Missourians have lost their fight with this pandemic. Henry County, MO has Tested over 311 people for COVID-19 in our Golden Valley Community, and continues to test more everyday.

Johnson County Pos Cases 45
Cass County Pos Cases 44
Bates County Pos Cases 6
Henry County Pos Cases 5
Pettis County Pos Cases 3
Benton County Pos Cases 3
St. Clair County Pos Cases 2

Emergency Management is working with our Healthcare Professionals to educate and mitigate exposure to this virus within our community.

Henry County, MO residents thank you for doing your part, being responsible for your actions and those of your family members is part of the best defense for our community. 

If you have questions or concerns please contact your Healthcare provider or the Henry County Health Center.

Miami Senior Spotlight: Nathan Hines

Obituary - Dennis Lee Patterson

Dennis Lee Patterson, 69 of Adrian, Missouri, previously or Springfield, Oregon, passed away at his home in Adrian with his wife and daughters by his side. Cremation, with memorial services to be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to the Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009). Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Dennis Lee Patterson was born March 25, 1951 in Pasadena, California to Hobart and Barbara Rowden Patterson. He grew up in Alhambra, California and graduated from Alhambra High School in 1969. Following high school he proudly served with the US Naval Air during the Vietnam War.
Dennis worked for True Value Hardware as a forklift operator before retiring in 2011. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. A master craftsman in woodworking and a perfectionist in all he did. He took great pride in landscaping and making his home beautiful. Dennis attended the Heart of Life Church where he enjoyed cooking for and serving his church family.

Dennis was preceded in death his parents, Hobart and Barbara Patterson, and by his sister Patricia Perkins. He is survived by his wife Cathy Patterson, four daughters, Teresa Bowers and husband Brandon, Jennelle Mason and husband Phil, Cristina Cherry and husband Matthew, and Andrea Akins and husband Phill. He is also survived by his sister Shirley White, brothers, Johnny Patterson and Robert Patterson, 15 grandchildren, great-uncle Harold Lee, along with many nieces, nephews, and extended family members, along with his beloved lap cat Tracie.

Help Wanted in Mt. Pleasant Township

Bates County Mo- 

MT Pleasant Township Is looking for a laborer/operator/truck driver with at least a Class A, CDL driver's license. 

If interested with the requirements, please give Jim Fritts a call at 660 -679 -7064.

Obituary - Clyde "Dub" Wilson Gutshall

Clyde Wilson Gutshall, 89, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020 at his home in Adrian. A private burial will be held Tuesday at Crescent Hill Cemetery in Adrian. A visitation and celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Known lovingly as Dub, he was born November 20, 1930 to Charles Emery and Beulah (Scott) Gutshall. The second of seven children, he was a lifelong resident of Adrian and a 1948 graduate of Adrian High School. Dub married Bonnie Balsiger on September 7, 1957 in Miami, Oklahoma. Over their 62 years of marriage, they were blessed with four children who each put their own roots down in Adrian. A veteran of the U.S. Marines, Corporal Gutshall served stateside in San Francisco during the Korean War from 1952-1954.

In 1962, Dub and Bonnie started Gutshall Oil, a company they would run for nearly 30 years. While it was a job filled with hard work and long hours, he enjoyed driving in his bulk truck to deliver an essential good to farmers throughout Bates County. During that same time, they raised their family on 80 acres, east of Adrian, they purchased from his grandpa. They lived on the farm until 2010, when they moved into town.

In 1972, they purchased a cabin at the Lake of the Ozarks which has become a key place for family gatherings for four generations, even today. He loved taking the family to the lake and spent hours pulling his kids around in their boat.

In his younger years he enjoyed riding motorcycles and playing snooker at the pool hall. Dub’s main hobby throughout, however, was his family. Whether it was making his famous cornmeal mush on Christmas morning for the whole family or helping make sure his children were well taken care of or helping cut cord upon cord of firewood, he led with an approach of actions speak louder than words. With a wry sense of humor, he came up with a nickname for each granddaughter, which stuck even into adulthood. His jokes carried over to his animals too, whether it was the original names he had for them like “Dog” or how he’d scoot close to Bonnie just to get the dogs to bark.

He could be serious too, making sure each grandson knew how to properly shake a hand and reminding his grandkids as they visited from college to “remember what you’re there for.”

Dub loved to work, whether it was running his own business, buying houses to flip or mowing. He often said “I’d rather wear out than rust out.” When he was hospitalized late in 2019, he told the hospital staff his hobby was work and he looked forward to mowing with his fleet of Wheel Horse mowers soon.

Besides being a pillar for his family and a hard worker, he was an active member in the community and an encyclopedia of its history. He looked forward to his daily trips to the coffee shop, whether at the Homestead House or eventually Casey’s and the VFW. Each morning, he also made trips to Crystal Manor and Adrian Manor to visit with residents.

While he enjoyed helping the community of Adrian by attending local fundraisers including the Western Missouri Antique Tractor Association, perhaps his biggest contributions were done quietly, whether that meant filling someone’s propane tank who was in need, making and delivering meals to other senior citizens who were unable and picking up trash cans for the entire neighborhood.

He lived out the motto of: take care of your business, your things and your people… and we’re all better for it.

Dub was preceded in death by his parents, brother Jim Gutshall and sister-in-law Charlotte Gutshall. He is survived by his wife Bonnie of the home, daughters Kim Young, Kelly Reichert and Kirsten (Scott) Collier, all of Adrian and son Kent (Charlotte) Gutshall of Adrian, six grandchildren Cole (Jessica) Young of Raymore, Collin (Sara) Young of Leawood, Kan., Dani (Nathan) Tirey of Clinton, Jordan Reichert of Adrian, Bailey (Josie) Collier of Archie and Kameran Collier of Adrian; eight great-grandchildren Gavin, Archer Wilson and Andi Tirey, Dawson Clyde and Maren Young, and Ensley, Gabriel and Lucca Young; three brothers John (Wilma) Gutshall, Paul (Darlene) Gutshall and Charles Gutshall and two sisters Levon (John) Musgrave and Dee (Bob) Abplanalp and sister-in-law Ginger Gutshall.

Obituary - Joseph Andrew Sloniker

Joseph Andrew Sloniker, 97, Milo, MO was born May 29, 1922 in Arcadia, KS and departed this life on Monday, April 12, 2020 at the home of his son, Steve Sloniker.

Joseph was drafted into the United States Army October 22, 1942, where he fought in five Campaigns of World War II – Normandy, Northern France, Central Europe, Rhineland and Ardennes as a Radio Operator. He was awarded several medals including five Bronze Stars and a Good Conduct Medal. After being Honorably Discharged from the Army, he worked as a carpenter and Construction Superintendent for Bennett Construction Company in Kansas City, MO for 53 years. Following his retirement, he farmed and raised cattle outside of Nevada, MO full time.

He is survived by one daughter, Jo Ann Schell (Carmen) of Rio Rancho, NM, and one son, Steve Sloniker (Denise) of Milo, MO; three sisters, Alberta Hefly of Knoxville, AR, Fern Ladesic of McCloud, KS and Lola Sloniker of Carthage, MO; seven grandchildren, Joe Sloniker (Vicki), Jared Sloniker (Amanda), and Jay Sloniker (Jessica), all of Milo, MO, Jim Wagner (Rhonda) of Helena, MT, John Wagner of Kansas City, MO, Jenny Klingler of Rio Rancho, NM, and Karen Goodloe of Higginsville, MO; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Joe was preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth Sue Joyce, his parents, and several siblings.

Private graveside services with Military Honors will be held at Marvin Chapel Cemetery with Pastor Roger Beach officiating.

The family is requesting, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital c/o Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.

Butler Senior Spotlight: Olivia Fischer

Spring storm season: Local places to shelter

Things can get unpredictable this time of year and the  following is a list of local places where a basement will be open to the public in the event of a tornado. We also recommend talking to your neighbors and work something out, possibly you will find a place to shelter near your home as well.

Heartland Hospice 
Immanuel baptist church 
First Christian Church 
First Baptist Church

Calvary Baptist Church
First Baptist Church
Methodist Church
Assembly of God Church

We'll add to this list as more information becomes available.


Alderman meeting to be livestreamed tonight

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First confirmed death of COVID-19 in Bates County

The Bates County Health Center is saddened to report the first death of a Bates County resident due to COVID-19. The Amoret resident was a female in her 60’s and tested positive for COVID-19 on April 9, 2020. Although hospitalized for some time for other underlying health conditions, COVID-19 was a factor in death and is therefore reportable to Bates County. Our thoughts are with her family during this very difficult time.

Everyone is urged to continue to take preventive actions to prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses.

Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19. 

If you think, you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your health care provider for medical advice before showing up. 

For more information, visit the DHSS website at or the CDC website at A statewide COVID-19 hotline also operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 877-435-8411.

Updated Obituary - Alexander Michael Lester

Alexander Michael Lester, age 32, of Belton, Missouri passed away at his home on Thursday, April 9, 2020.

A private family service will be held at Cullen Funeral Home in Raymore, Missouri. A private family burial will be held at Raymore Cemetery in Raymore, Missouri.

Alex was born on August 2, 1987 to Daniel and Rebecca Lester in Biloxi, Mississippi. After graduating high school Alex briefly continued his education with some collegiate courses but quickly established a career for himself as a medical technician in the Kansas City area. In life he was blessed with three children, Xander, Ella, and Luke.

Alex is survived by his parents, Dan and Becky Lester; three children Xander Lester, Ella Lester, and Luke Lester; eight siblings, Melissa Ward, Joseph Lester, Daniel Lester Jr., Carissa Wilding, Jacob Lester, Michael Lester, Catherine Lester, and Nathaniel Lester; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Alex’s children in care of Carissa Wilding, 800 SW 33rd Street, Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64082.

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri 816.322.5278

Obituary - Gary W. Brown

Gary W. Brown, age 75, passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at Clinton Health Care and Rehab in Clinton, MO. There will be private family services at a later date. Fond memories and condolences may be left at

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

Gary W Brown (RoundBrown), 75, of Clinton, Mo passed away on Tuesday, April 7th 2020 at the Clinton Health Care and Rehabilitation Center from complications after a fall. Gary was the oldest of 3 children born to Helen and George E Brown in Kansas City Mo. After graduating from North East High in Kansas City in 1963 Gary joined the Air Force where he served for 4 years. Soon after leaving the military, Gary joined the Yellow Freight family where he worked for 30 years. 

Gary became part of group known as the highway heroes there and retired as a commercial truck driver running local routes. For a number of years Gary spent time on the Blue Springs volunteer fire department and as an EMT for them. 

Gary enjoyed traveling with his wife, fishing on the lake, playing cards with friends and telling stories. Gary was preceded in death by his parents, his step father Roy Busick and son, Emmett Brown. He is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 34 years, Ruth Brown, Daughter June Bradford of AZ, Step Children Richard Brady & family, Denise Brady & family, Stacey Sheahan & family and David Sparks. Gary had 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandson.

A reminder from the Adrian Fire Department

Adrian rural fire dues are $60.00 and can be paid at city hall or mail to Adrian Fire Department, PO Box 357, Adrian MO 64720.

Thank you!

From the Nevada Police Department

Hume Community News 4/13/20

The Hume Community wishes to extend their sympathy to the family of Carol Jean Culver who passed away on April 10. Our prayers go out to her daughters and the rest of her family and friends. She will be greatly missed.

The Hume Alumni Committee after careful consideration has decided to postpone the Hume Alumni that was scheduled for May 23, 2020 due to the COVID-19. As soon as we know something we will announce a make-up date for the Alumni. We look forward to the evening that we will be able to connect with classmates and reminisce. So please watch for the new date of the Hume Alumni in 2020.

We are thinking positive and looking forward to the 78th Annual Hume Fair and Rodeo that is to be held July 28 through August 1. This year’s parade Marshall is “In Memory of Bob King”. Bob was looking forward to being honored this year as the Parade Marshall. He would tell everyone he would meet about this honor. To Bob it was a grand honor for him. 50 years ago this year Bob started the County-Line 4-H Club. His endeavor led to many kids being involved in 4-H and currently still involved today. Unfortunately Bob was called home to Heaven earlier this year, but now his is the Grand Marshall of all. But what a legacy he has left not only to his family, but to all the 4-H kids. The theme for this year’s parade is “Keeping the Small Town Dream Alive”.

We look forward to hearing Josh Rushing and Pastor Roger Beach on Wednesday evening of the fair after the Gospel Sing as they deliver a message over in the arena. And our Rodeo will once again be put on by McKelllips Rodeo Company. The Rodeo performance is always on Friday and Saturday evening of the Hume Fair.

Even though Easter was a bit different this year, we are blessed to be able to watch services on line and be thankful for our families. About 8 of us met up at the park on Easter Morning (practicing safe distancing) had prayer, sang songs and shared with one another. As someone shared and I won’t have it exactly, but if Jesus could endure what he did on the cross then we can endure what we are going through at this time.

Please stay home, stay safe and practice safe distancing when going out. We hope to be seeing everyone once again.

Courtesy of Karen Irwin 

Rich Hill Senior Spotlight: Montana Stangel

5th confirmed case of COVID-19 reported in Henry County

APRIL 13th, 2020

The Henry County Health Center has confirmed another positive case of COVID-19 in Henry County. 

The individual is a female in their 40’s. This new case brings the total number of confirmed positive cases in Henry County to five.

As with all positive cases, Henry County Health Center is working to identify and contact any individuals who may have come in contact with this individual while they were infectious and will monitor them for signs and symptoms of illness.

HCHC is recommending that individuals continue to stay home, clean/disinfect any high touched surfaces, wash your hands with soap and water routinely, use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available, don’t touch your face, and always remain 6 feet away from others when you are out. It is up to ALL of us to help stop the spread of this disease!

CV-19 Pandemic: A Doctor's Perspective episode 1

Dr. Lindsay Henderson gives her professional medical opinion on what we can do to better work our way through the COVID-19 pandemic. Click this link to listen to episode 1 of her podcast: