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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Obituary - Ronnie Hammer

Ronnie Hammer, 64 of Adrian, Missouri passed away March 15, 2021 at St. Luke’s East Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. 

Funeral services for Ronnie and his father Dean Hammer will be held at 12:00 pm (Noon), Sunday, March 21, 2021 at the Whiskey Mansion Ranch, 2109 NW County Road 2501, Butler, Missouri 64730. A visitation for Ronnie and Dean will be held Sunday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm prior to the service also at the Whiskey Mansion Ranch. 

Burial will follow in Benjamin Cemetery, Amoret, Missouri. Friends are welcome to attend, however masks are encouraged and social distancing should be observed. Services under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009). Memorial contributions may be made to Mullinax Funeral Home. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com

Ronnie Hammer was born October 30, 1956 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma to Dean and Josephine Blossom Hammer. He was united in marriage to Mickie McEachron. Ronnie worked as a Union Carpenter most of his life but, just like his dad, had a love for the rodeo. He would travel all over to compete in various events in each rodeo. He loved to bring home a new buckle, but sometimes just the stories made it all worth it! Ronnie had a larger than life personality, always had a smile, and a big “Hammer” hug for you. Ronnie enjoyed his time outdoors, especially with his grandchildren he was also very talented at bead work making many beautiful pieces.

Ronnie was preceded in death by his parents, brother Ronald Hammer, and sister Deanna Barton. He is survived by his wife Mickie Hammer, daughter Shaffai Stiles (Steven), son Joshua Eli Hammer (Andrea), son Branden Chase Clouse (Becky), Noah James Clouse (Johanna), Anthony Joseph Macias (Martha), step-sisters Brenda Ratty (Randy) and Cathy Kump, and brother-in-law Gary Barton. He also leaves behind eleven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, three nieces, one nephew, and many extended family members and friends. Ride home Cowboy, ride home.



Obituary - Dean Hammer

Dean Hammer, 85 of Amoret, Missouri passed away March 14, 2021 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Funeral services for Dean and his son Ronnie Hammer will be held at 12:00 pm (Noon), Sunday, March 21, 2021 at the Whiskey Mansion Ranch, 2109 NW County Road 2501, Butler, Missouri 64730. 

A visitation for Dean and Ronnie will be held Sunday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm prior to the service also at the Whiskey Mansion Ranch. Burial will follow in Benjamin Cemetery, Amoret, Missouri. 

Friends are welcome to attend, however masks are encouraged and social distancing should be observed. Services under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009). 

Memorial contributions may be made to Mullinax Funeral Home. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com

Dean Hammer was born April 14, 1935 in Westville, Oklahoma to Eli and Nannie Jumper Hammer. He grew up in Oklahoma and worked as a Union Carpenter until moving his family to Missouri in the early 1970s.

One of Dean’s greatest loves in life was the rodeo. For many years Dean would travel all over to compete in as many rodeos as he could. Before retiring in 1993, he threw his last steer at the age of 60.

Dean will forever be remembered as the guy who never knew a stranger, always had a smile, making sure you felt welcome, and for his famous lines like, “Lunch is at Noon!”
Dean was preceded in death by his parents, 13 siblings, son Ronnie Hammer, son Ronald Hammer, and daughter Deanna Barton.

He is survived by his wife Pat Hazelbaker, step-daughters Brenda Ratty (Randy), and Cathy Kump. He also leaves behind his daughter-in-law Mickie Hammer, son-in-law Gary Barton, bonus son Garry Perrymann, nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, along with many nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends. Dean will be forever waving from his front porch in Heaven.

Obituary - Barbara J. FitzGerald

Barbara J. FitzGerald, age 85, of Grandview, Missouri, joined the Lord on Saturday, March 13, 2021.

A graveside service will be held at 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at Belton Cemetery in Belton, Missouri.

Barbara was born in Hume, Missouri on June 30, 1935 to Elliott Fletcher and Mary (Rutherford) Fletcher. Soon after graduating high school Barbara was joined in marriage with her late husband, Richard FitzGerald. Together blessed with four children, Geary, Michelle, Kelly, and Steve. Barbara dedicated her life to caring for her children and eventually grandchildren. She, along with Richard founded the New Hope Christian Church in Raymore, Missouri. In life she loved spending her time quilting and being a mother.

Barbara will be reunited with her loving husband of over sixty-seven years, Richard FitzGerald; and parents, Elliot and Mary Fletcher.

Those that will carry on her memories, spirit, and love are sons, Geary FitzGerald (Deborah), and Steven FitzGerald (Taylor); daughters, Michelle FitzGerald and Kelly D. Herman (David); sisters, Beverly Fletcher, Hattie Shaw, Betty Sheehey, and Kate Murray; sister in laws, Sharon Stone and Carol Gleason; brother in laws, Arnold FitzGerald and Wayne FitzGerald; six grandchildren, Joshua Adam FitzGerald (Christina), Nicole Marie Jewell (Brian), Sam Malone, Connor FitzGerald, Cody Herman, and Ashlee Herman; and five great grandchildren, Nolan and Nora FitzGerald, Maggie and Jacob Jewell, and Mark Malone.

We love you.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to, Center for Developmentally Disabled, 9150 E. 41st Terrace, Kansas City, Missouri 64133 or Developing Potential Inc., 251 NW Executive Way, Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64063.



Obituary - Ret. US Army Sgt. Robert Eugene Bird

Ret. US Army Sgt. Robert Eugene Bird, of Dixon, Missouri, was born August 4, 1954 in Ottumwa, Iowa the son of Richard Deane and Nora Gertrude (Beckstead) Bird. He departed this life on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at his home at the age of 66 years, 7 months and 9 days.

On June 27, 1975, Robert was united in marriage to Chi Suk Choe in Seoul, Korea.

Robert was a Sergeant in the US Army until his retirement in 1984. After his retirement, he worked in transport for the US Army as a civilian. He was an avid Bass fisherman, fished several bass tournaments with his mother and loved to hunt.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Chi Suk Bird on November 10, 1985 and his brother, Michael Bird.

Robert is survived by a son, Thomas Bird, Waynesville, Missouri; a daughter, Tanya Bird, New Orleans, Louisiana; 12 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; a brother, Richard Bird, Peculiar, Missouri; a sister, Sherry Nichol, Butler, Missouri; other relatives and friends.

Military Graveside Service will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 18, 2021 at the Garden City Cemetery, Garden City, Missouri.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri.



Obituary - Vernon Kayne Smading

Funeral services for Kayne Smading of Harrisonville, Missouri will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. 

Visitation will be prior to services from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 17 at the Schowengerdt Chapel. Contributions to the Hammer Family. Online condolences www.schowengerdtchapel.com.

Vernon Kayne Smading, age 43 of Harrisonville, Missouri died Saturday, March 13, 2021 at Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville. He was born June 19, 1977 to Jerry Wayne and Kathie Ann Daniel Smading in Clinton, Missouri.

Kayne is survived by a daughter, Sydney Erin Smading of Bonaqua, Tennessee; his mother, Kathie Garren and husband Larry of Butler, Missouri; one brother, Kyle Smading and wife Sandy of Butler, Missouri; one sister, Holly Smading and partner Mike Daniels of Harrisonville, Missouri; and five nieces, Jordyn Garey and husband Evan, Savannah Smading, Tylor Smading, Kalyn Castro and Emily Smading. He was preceded in death by his father, Jerry Smading on October 16, 2001.


St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a drowning on Weaubleau Creek near Collins

The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a drowning on Weaubleau Creek near Collins, Mo.

Deputies responded Monday night off Southeast 350 Road in reference to an unresponsive person who had fallen off his raft into the water. Deputies found Bradley Dill, 21, lying on the bank. Dill died while on route to a hospital in Springfield.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Mr. Dill and a friend were riding down the creek, tied together at their wrists on an air mattress. 

The air mattress came out from underneath them. Dill’s friend tried to pull him to the river bank before calling for help.

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Severe Weather Outlook Late Tuesday Night

Strong to severe storms will be possible again overnight. Storms are expected to become possible mainly after midnight. Main threats will be quarter sized hail and strong winds to 60mph. Now is a great time to review severe weather plans and have a way to receive warnings.

Gutshall's to celebrate Platinum Anniversary

John and Wilma Gutshall will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on March 18th and their children would like to invite you to help celebrate with a card shower. Cards may be sent to PO Box 63 Adrian, MO 64720

Busy night for Drexel Aldermen

Unofficial Minutes from the March 11, 2021 Meeting
The Board of Aldermen of the City of Drexel, Missouri met in Regular Session on the above date, Mayor Mayfield called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm at the Drexel City Hall.
Citizen’s present: Rose Fink, Jessica Medus, Cory Medus, Katie Stewart, and Scott Murry
City Staff present were: Shawn Middendorf – Alliance Water, Chief Forrest Routen, Sgt. Rick Metcalf, Meghan Rhines-Assistant Clerk, and Patty Dreher-City Clerk
Roll call was taken Mayor Mayfield – present, Mayor Pro Tem Crawford – present, Alderman Eastwood – present, Alderman Deal – present, and Alderman Harris – present.
Mayor Pro Tem Crawford made a motion to Approve the Agenda; it was 2nd by Alderman Harris, with no more discussion the motion passed, with a 4-0 vote of the Board.
Patty Dreher, City Clerk pointed out a typo in the minutes, it should have said March 8 instead of March 9, where we changed the meeting from. Alderman Deal made a motion to approve the minutes with said change; it was 2nd by Mayor Pro Tem Crawford, with no more discussion the motion passed, with a 4-0 vote of the Board.
Special Reports were discussed: (Can be seen at City Hall), No changes or additions were made
City Clerk:
Police Department:
Public Works Report:
Payroll:
Warrants: Alderman Deal made a motion to approve the warrants; it was 2nd by Alderman Harris, with no more discussion the motion passed with a 4-0 vote of the Board.
Building Permits:
Alderman Deal made a motion to approve Doug Hamilton’s building permit for a shed as long as he moved the shed in two (2) feet on the west side to meet the setbacks; it was 2nd by Mayor Pro Tem Crawford, with no more discussion the motion passed with a 4-0 vote of the Board.
Alderman Eastwood made a motion to approve the building permit for Steve Younger & Stephanie Harmon’s house; it was 2nd by Mayor Pro Tem Crawford, with no more discussion the motion passed with a 4-0 vote of the Board.
Old Business:
A motion was made by Alderman Eastwood to have Vance Brothers come back and finish up the streets that needed fixed under the currant contract and then put 3rd Street and Maple Street out for bid; it was 2nd by Alderman Harris, with no more discussion the motion passed with a 4-0 vote of the Board.
New Business:
A motion was made by Alderman Deal to postpone Ordinance #714 Nuisance to a later date, with a work session prior; it was 2nd by Alderman Harris, with no more discussion the motion passed with a 4-0 vote of the Board.
A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Crawford to postpone Ordinance #715 Nuisance to a late date, with a work session prior; it was 2nd by Alderman Eastwood, with no more discussion the motion passed with a 4-0 vote of the Board.
Alderman Deal made a motion to allocate $4000, from the Special Park Fund, to purchase a slide for the Drexel Swimming Pool, it was 2nd by Alderman Harris, with no more discussion the motion passed with a 4-0 vote of the Board.
Alderman Harris motion to postpone the workman’s comp request from the Drexel Swimming Pool until we have received their quote, it was 2nd by Alderman Deal, with no more discussion the motion passed with a 4-0 vote of the Board.
Discussion:
One of the citizen’s present, Jessica Medus, asked about Chickens within the City limits. Alderman Eastwood said if she wants to look at the ordinance in place and come back to the Board with a solution, they would discuss it.
The Board decided on March 18 at 6:00 pm to have a work session.
The next meeting will be April 12, 2021 @ 7:00 pm.
Mayor Pro Tem Crawford motioned to adjourn; it was 2nd by Alderman Deal, with no more discussion the motion passed with a 4-0 voter of the Board. (8:40 pm)


Reminder: City council to meet tonight

The Butler city council will meet tonight at 7 pm on line, via Zoom. You can find the link to join on the City of Butler Facebook page; you can bet your bottom dollar the hot topic tonight will be the fate of rezoning requested by the Kansas City Beef Company. 

Last week the Butler planning commission voted no to allowing slaughter of beef cattle at the facility in south Butler, read more here https://www.midamericalive.com/2021/03/planning-commission-gives-thumbs-down.html