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Friday, March 26, 2021

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Obituary - Jennifer Inez Riley

It is with great sorrow that the family of Jennifer Inez Riley, 71, of Peculiar, MO, announce her unexpected and sudden passing on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at Belton Research Hospital in Belton, Missouri. 

The family will receive friends from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 27, 2021 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, MO with a Celebration of Life service immediately following at 11:00 a.m. 

The family requests those who wish to express sympathy to consider making a donation in her honor to the National Kidney Foundation, American Cancer Society or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, three of Jenny’s favorite charities.

Jenny was born October 26, 1949 in Kansas City, MO, a daughter of John Donovan and Elizabeth Inez (Brown) Henson, Sr. She was a 1968 graduate of Raytown, MO High School and lived in the Kansas City area before moving to Peculiar in 1979. Jenny was united in marriage to Michael Riley on July 14, 2001. She was a professional caregiver, helping many people with their daily activities, health needs and friendship in what were for some the most difficult times of their lives. Jenny’s passion was people; her heart so filled with compassion and love for others. She was an incredibly generous woman, supporting many charities close to her heart. She rarely met a stranger. Laughter to her was the best medicine and family always came first.

Jenny was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, John D. Henson, her daughter Dawn’s father, Rod Jackson, and several close family members and beloved friends. She is survived by her husband, Michael Riley of Peculiar, MO; her children, Dawn (Mike) Depew of Creighton, MO and Josh (Jenny) Quillin of Harrisonville, MO; her step-children, Jack Perreault of Auburn, Maine, William (Elena) Paul of Boise, ID, Zachary (Julie) Riley of San Antonio, TX, and Breanne Riley of San Antonio, TX; her grandchildren, Samantha (Jordan) Talley, Jacklyn Armintrout, Bee Swanson, Harley Johansson, Bleu Swanson, Luke Swanson, Alex Gutierrez, Eva Paul, Laurence Paul; her great-granddaughter, Daliya Talley; her sisters, Becky Ward of Blue Springs, MO and Cindy Henson of Blue Springs, MO; her son Josh’s father, Rick Quillin of Olathe, KS; and many more aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends whom she loved.

Bee-utiful Weather

🐝BEE-UTIFUL weather expected for the weekend into next week

Chamber banquet well attended

At tisket, a tasket, let's bid on this basket...

The annual Butler Chamber of Commerce banquet
last night went off without a hitch and brought words of encouragement to Butler businesses and others who might consider setting up shop in our town. The evening festivities included an auction of a variety of items donated by area businesses; also a social hour and a wonderful meal prepared by Lyndsi Demicco.
Don and JoAnn LeNeve
65 year chamber members

The night opened with remarks from Chamber Executive Director Barbara Lawrence who outlined the ceremonies and introduced speakers Peggy Buhr, Curator of the Bates County Museum. and Greg Weaver, Chamber President. There was also recognition of the 2020-2021 chamber board members and auction of a surprise item at the end of the evening.

Peggy Buhr spoke of the history of Butler businesses, including Levy's, the longtime clothing store that once occupied two buildings on the east side of the square, along with a bevy of other little know facts such as single digit phone numbers; and believe it or not, Butler once boasted some nine grocery stores. She also spoke of the troubles during the great depression, World War II and other situations and how they had an adverse impact locally. While some businesses did go by the wayside, many adapted to change and forged ahead, bringing us to today.
Peggy Buhr provided some little
known Butler business history

On a parallel note, Greg Weaver then took the podium and talked of the importance of being flexible and adapt to changing times in order for businesses to survive in our modern world. Being CEO of Bates County Memorial Hospital, Weaver shared first hand experiences in the medical industry that brought change due to the Covid outbreak. He went on to point out that while we tend to resist change, it is necessary, and most times a new, successful business can be introduced. Case in point, since Covid, companies that offer services such as Zoom and Teams have had a nice uptick in business as more folks are working at home. His words of encouragement were clear- roll with it and adapt, we will prevail.

Recognition was given to long time chamber member businesses, some with an astoundingly long commitment:
Chamber President Greg Weaver
spoke of change needed for businesses
to remain viable

15 years - Kershner Heating and Cooling, Max Motors, Solar Shade USA
20 years - Computer Aisle
25 years - Midwest Lumber
40 years - Koehn Bakery
45 years - Bates County Health Center
65 years - LeNeve's TV & Appliance
95 years - Butler Public Library
165 years - First Christian Church of Butler

The close of the evening included announcement of auction winners,  remarks and thanks by Director Barbara Lawrence

The Butler Chamber of Commerce would like to extend a hearty thank-you to all members and encourages others to get involved as the quest continues to build a stronger community by bringing businesses, organizations and people together... We Love Local and you can get involved today by chatting with Barbara Lawrence or any board member. The chamber office is located at 17 N. Main in Butler or call 660-424-0278.

LeNeve photo courtesy Cass County Tribune

What's in the Window winner and clues for next week

Each week we place clues on a piece of paper in our window at 17 N. Main in Butler in our "What's in the Window" contest and our winner this week is Karla Wilson who correctly guessed LeNeve's TV & Appliance:

1956 - Year Don and JoAnn were married and started the business
Delaware - now located at 4 N. Delaware in Butler
Television - originally sold TV's and radios

Karla wins a cool prize courtesy of Osage Valley Electric Coop for her effort!

Clues for this week:

golf course
Mulberry Church

If you can guess what landmark, business or historical event (all past or present) these clues lead to, you'll win a really cool prize too!

You can email your guess to

Please don't put answers on social media, we'd like everyone to have a fair chance. If we don't get a correct answer, we will add another clue each day or so. Winner will be announced Friday, April 2 Good luck!

Accident yesterday on I-49 in Bates County

On March 25th around 10:40am the Butler Fire Department along with Bates County Sheriff's Deputies and Missouri State Highway Patrol Troopers responded to a bizarre accident on I-49 near mile marker 131.2 between Rich Hill and Butler.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when a tire and wheel came off of the southbound 2014 Mack Conventional truck driven by 46 year old Steven S. Sivils of Crossett, Arkansas and went through the median striking the 2019 northbound Kia driven by 80 year old John Deluca of Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

A passenger in Mr. Deluca's vehicle 77 year old Gertrude C. Deluca of Pleasant Hill, Missouri sustained a minor laceration and she refused medical treatment at the scene of the accident.

The Kia was totaled and towed from the scene by Don's Tow of Butler. 

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Belton woman escapes serious injury in Cass County Crash

On March 25th around 4:50pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol along with Cass County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a one vehicle accident on Missouri 58 Highway Route BB in rural Cass County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2015 Kia driven by 31 year old Rachel  A. Uttley of Belton traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck several trees.

Rachel A. Uttley sustained minor injuries and she will seek her own medical attention.

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Henry County Route CC CLOSED March 29th for Pipe Work

Southwest District Office: (417) 895-7600
March 25, 2021
TRAFFIC ALERT: Henry County Route CC CLOSED March 29th for Pipe Work

Where: Henry County Route CC between Missouri Route 13 and Northeast County Road 101 southwest of Leeton

When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 31

What: Route CC CLOSED to allow MoDOT crews to replace a deteriorating drainpipe underneath the road

Traffic Impacts:
• All Route CC lanes CLOSED where crews are working
• Drivers will have access to driveways at either end of the work zone, but will not be able to travel through the work zone
• No signed detour
• Signs and message boards will alert drivers to the work zone
• Drivers should find alternate route

Weather and/or scheduling conflicts could alter the work schedule.

Obituary - Veta Fay Cook

Veta Fay Cook, 87, formerly of Pleasanton, Kansas died on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at St. Luke's Hospice House, Kansas City, Missouri. Veta was born February 15, 1934 in Nottinghill, MO to Kenneth Calvin "K.C." and Jencie Betty (Newman) Williamson. 

She graduated from Gainesville High School, Gainesville, Missouri on May 10, 1951. On June 14, 1952 she married Thomas Leo Cook in Harrison, Arkansas. Veta was a "Jill of all trades". She could do anything! She maintained a 14 acre garden with over 400 tomato plants keeping the weeds at bay with only a hoe. Veta was excellent in math which served her well in her various jobs in sales selling everything from vacuum cleaners, paint, and milk.

Veta was preceded in death by her husband; and one daughter, Tammy Renee Overturf; five brothers, Warren Cloyd Williamson, Raymond Lester Williamson, Charles Owen "C.O." Williamson, Melvin Wayne "Dutch" Williamson, and Verl Arlyn Williamson; and two sisters, Marcia Ruth Baxley and Eudine Robb.

Survivors include one son, Thomas Ray (Rebecca "Becky") Cook; four daughters, Linda Diann Berry, Teresa Lynn (Phillip) Sweigart, Cynthia Leila Rogers, and Delilah Laureen "Lori" (Richard) Payton; a grandson who she raised, Brian Cook and his wife Stefanie; one brother, Kenneth Calvin "Calvin" Williamson, Jr.; one sister, Yvonne Keeny; 14 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of extended family and friends.

A funeral service will be at 5:00 pm on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at Schneider Funeral Home & Crematory, Pleasanton Chapel. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until service time. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 pm on Sunday, March 28, 2021 at Thornfield Cemetery, Thornfield, Missouri. The family suggests contributions to Veta Cook Memorial Fund, c/o Schneider Funeral Home, PO Box 525, Pleasanton, KS 66075. Friends and family may leave online condolences at

Pedestrian seriously injured after being struck by vehicle in Cass County

On March 25th around 7:50pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol along with Cass County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a pedestrian that was struck by a car on the West Outer Road of I-49 near Moore Road in rural Cass County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2017 Ford Explorer driven by 24 year old Spencer E. Teegarden of Peculiar, Missouri struck 23 year old Austin J. Green of Lees Summit, Missouri as he was walking northbound.

Mr. Green sustained serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to Research Medical Center in Kansas City for treatment.

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Obituary - Charlotte A. Tillett

Charlotte Ann Tillett, 78, Blairstown, Missouri departed this life on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at her home.

She is survived by her husband, Leroy Tillett of the home; her children, Angela Sidwell and husband Tony, Garden City, Missouri, Joseph Robert Sipple, Blairstown, Missouri, Richard Tillett and wife Michelle, Cleveland, Missouri, William Sipple, Tipton, Missouri, Robert Sipple and wife Shelly, Harrisonville, Missouri, Michael Don Sipple, Blairstown, Missouri, Daniel Tillett and wife Cathy, Belton, Missouri, David John Tillett, Harrisonville, Missouri, Ronnie Tillett and wife Amanda, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Damon Tillett, Miami, Oklahoma; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Stephanie Davies, Idaho Falls, Idaho; other relatives and many friends.

Cremation. A Celebration of Life Visitation will be 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., Saturday, April 10, 2021 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri.

Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude's Children's Hospital and may be left at or sent to the Dickey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 432, Harrisonville, MO 64701.

Obituary - Kevin E. Williams

Kevin Eulane Williams, 66, Nevada, MO passed away on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at Nevada Regional Medical Center in Nevada. Kevin was born December 11, 1954 in Elkhart, KS to Virgil E. and Genevieve J. (Davis) Williams.

Kevin attended school in Walker and Nevada High School. He spent a brief stint in the United States Marines before being Honorably Discharged due to an injury. During his life, Kevin worked at various jobs including farm machinery mechanic, farming, automobile mechanic, commercial painting, and construction, living wherever his job took him. In his youth, Kevin was heavily involved in 4-H where he showed livestock. He also served as President of West Point 4-H.

He is survived by one son, Hise Williams, Rogers, AR; one sister, Karla Ervin (Reuben), El Dorado Springs, MO; two brothers, Stacy Williams, Cortez, CO, and Brett Williams (Alice), Nevada, MO; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Bobbi Jones.

No services are planned.

Dense Fog Advisory Until 10am

Fog will start to build in across portions of eastern KS and western Missouri early this morning. 

Be prepared for rapidly changing visibility with visibilities dropping to under a 1/2 mile. Conditions will improve by mid to late morning.

40 years of service for Koehn's Bakery

Thank you to all the people who make the Butler Chamber of Commerce great!

Thank you to Dwight and Doris Koehn for rocking the first 35 years of Koehn Bakery! #blessedbyButler #butleryum