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Saturday, December 26, 2020

Obituary - Barbara Louise Beckman

Barbara Beckman, 69, Nevada, MO passed away on Thursday, December 24, 2020 at Cox Health South in Springfield, MO. Barbara, the eldest of three children, was born on February 15, 1951 in Martin County, TX to Calvin and Shirley (Presley) Scoggins.

Barb graduated high school in 1969 then went to nursing school and graduated as an LPN in 1970. She then married Brent Beckman and moved to Missouri. To that union two sons were born, Kyle and James Beckman. She met the love of her live, Henry Webb, in 1988. Barb and Henry loved and cared for one another until her last breath.

Barb was a very energetic and spirited lady. One of her good friends referred to her as the “Little Texas Tornado” as she was a tiny woman with a big personality. Barb loved being a nurse. She worked as an LPN for 45 years and truly cared for every one of her patients. She loved crafts, sewing and crocheting. She also loved to go fishing with Henry, especially when she had a good book to read.

Survivors include her life partner, Henry Webb of the home; one son, Kyle Beckman, eight grandchildren, Brianna Webb, Rheaonna Beckman, Paige Webb, Emily Davidson, Jacob Davidson, Emma Beckman, Sydney Beckman, and Sage Beckman, and one great-grandson, Sebastian, brother, Leroy Scoggins; step-children, Michael Webb, Richard Webb (Jenifer), and Jennifer Webb. She was preceded in death by her parents, Calvin and Shirley Scoggins; son, James Beckman, and her brother, Roger Scoggins..

Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, December 28, 2020 at Newton Burial Park, Nevada with Mark Mitchell officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.


Obituary - Mary Ellen Bradley

Mary Ellen Bradley, 82, of Cleveland, Missouri, passed away peacefully Friday, December 25, 2020 at Overland Park Regional Medical Center in Overland Park, Kansas. 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, Missouri, with burial in the Freeman Cemetery, Freeman, MO. 

The family will receive friends 1:00-2:00pm Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Baptist Church, Harrisonville. A complete obituary will be posted when it becomes available.


Obituary - Margaret Ann Giesbrecht

Funeral services for Margaret Giesbrecht will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at Bethany Mennonite Church in Rich Hill, Missouri. Visitation will be from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Monday evening, December 28 at Bethany Mennonite Church. Burial in Bethany Mennonite Cemetery, Rich Hill. Contributions to Moundridge Manor. Services under the direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) Butler, Missouri. Online condolences, www.schowengerdtchapel.com.

Margaret Ann Giesbrecht, age 90 of Moundridge, Kansas passed away Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at Moundridge Manor in Moundridge. She was born October 17, 1930 to Nick and Helena Nikkel Wiebe in Goessel, Kansas.

Margaret is survived by five daughters, Marilyn Schmidt and husband Gary of Rich Hill, Missouri, LaWanda Dirks and husband Gery of Saguache, Colorado, Virginia (Mrs. Les Koehn) of Texhoma, Oklahoma, Rosalie Koehn and husband Terry of Nevada, Missouri and Evelena Schultz and husband Calvin of Grant, Alabama; one sister, Luetta Toews of Steinbach, Manitoba; 19 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Embert; and two sisters, Frieda Toews and Dorothy Toews.



Henry County Health Center confirms 7 new positive cases of COVID-19

The Henry County Health Center (HCHC) has received confirmation of 7 more positive cases of COVID-19. Clinton-4, Deepwater-1, and Blairstown-2. This brings the total number of confirmed positive cases in Henry County to 1569.

All contact tracing has commenced and all parties that have had close contact are being notified. HCHC continues to encourage residents to practice social distancing, washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or more, and to remain home if you are sick.

The CDC continues to recommend that individuals to wear a face covering when you are in public, and are unable to social distance, to assist in preventing the spread of COVID-19.



Deepwater woman injured in Henry County Crash

On 12/25/20 around 4:25pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Henry County along with Henry County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a one vehicle accident on SW 351 Road, South of Route T in rural Henry County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2008 Ford driven by 28 year old Monty G. Moss of Deepwater, Missouri lost control on gravel and traveled off the roadway striking a tree.

A passenger in the vehicle 29 year old Kassandra N. Nappier of Deepwater, Missouri was transported by Life Flight Eagle to Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri for treatment.

The vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene of the accident by Golden Valley Tow of Clinton, Missouri.


Obituary - Thomas "Jack" V Rasnic

Thomas V. (Jack) Rasnic, 99, formerly of Nevada, Missouri, peacefully passed away on December 20, 2020 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, Missouri.

Jack was born in Lawrenceburg, Missouri to parents Emma Winona aka Ona and Clarence F. Rasnic and lived his early years in the surrounding area until the family relocated to Nevada. 

Spending his youth and teenage years in southwest Missouri during the Great Depression framed his worldview that remained with him throughout his entire life and that was “work hard and be prudent with your money”. One of his favorite memories was working as a caddy at the Nevada Country Club where he enjoyed golf and was excited by a twenty-five cent tip which was considered at the time to be very generous. Later on, as a young man he scraped together enough money to purchase an Indian motorcycle. On his Sunday day off he would pick up his girlfriend, Robena Wise, and go for long rides around the area. Later he married Robena, who became the love and partner of his life, in 1941. In the spring of the following year he lost his mother and in early summer his father as well. One week after his father’s death he left for military service in the U.S. Army as the United States entered World War II. He served overseas in the Aleutian Islands Campaign primarily on the island of Adak with the 3067th Ordnance Service Company, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was awarded the Bronze Star for the Aleutian Campaign along with the Good Conduct Medal. As a result of this service he was entitled to wear the Asiatic Pacific Theatre Campaign Ribbon with four overseas bars. He returned home and was discharged at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis, MO in November 1945. During his absence in the military one daughter, Karen, was born.

After returning from overseas he resumed employment on the Missouri Pacific Railroad and the number of children grew by three. He worked hard to support the growing family and was highly respected by his fellow railroaders and community. He remained with the Missouri Pacific until his retirement in 1981. Jack attended the First Baptist Church in Nevada for many years, was active in supporting the Bushwhacker Museum and volunteered to assist with elections as a poll worker. Jack had many friends in Nevada and the surrounding area. During his retirement years Jack and Robena participated in numerous sightseeing trips with friends traveling both stateside and abroad.

Jack is survived by his wife of 79 years, Robena. He is also survived by children Karen Croce (Robert), Saundra Curry (Jim), Ron Rasnic (Kenyon) and Larry Rasnic (Debby). Also surviving are five grandchildren: Angie Norris, Matt Bailey, Kiley Simpson, Beau Bailey and Tegan Rasnic; and nine great grandchildren: Eric Norris, Riley Norris, Boden Bailey, Mia Bailey, Eliott Cowell, Paige Simpson, Dylan Simpson, Taylor Nettles and Chase Nettles. Jack was predeceased by parents Ona and Clarence Rasnic and sisters Bernice Reese and Charlene Stout.

A graveside Military Funeral Honors ceremony will be held at a date to be announced with interment at Newton Burial Park in Nevada, Missouri. In lieu of flowers donations to the Bushwhacker Museum (212 West Walnut Street #2341, Nevada, MO 64772, www.bushwhacker.org) would be appreciated.



Fairly warm today


Are you wondering what the weekend holds? Warmer temperatures are ahead with highs in the 40s and 50s. Be safe as you travel this weekend!