Eva Mae Johnson Burke

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Eva Mae Johnson Burke



Eva Mae Johnson Burke, 98, St. Joseph, Missouri passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015 at a local healthcare facility.

She was born September 28, 1916 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eva Mae graduated from Benton High School in 1935. She was a homemaker and had previously worked at Quaker Oats. She was a member of Brookdale Presbyterian Church where she sang in the choir, attended Circle Meetings and participated in Bible Study classes. Eva Mae enjoyed playing piano, knitting, garage sale shopping and dancing with Marvin, but above all, she cherished spending time with her family.

Mrs. Burke was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Martha (Conley) Johnson; her husband of 68 years and her childhood sweetheart, Marvin; six sisters; and grandchild, Christopher Steele.

Survivors include three daughters, Patricia G. Steele (Fred), Raytown, Missouri, Connie Burke Hager, St. Joseph, Missouri and Mary Beth Mitchell (Bill), Huntsville, Alabama; six grandchildren, Jeffrey Steele, Shelley Scott (Joey), Jennifer Davin (Doug), Bill Mitchell (Joleen),  Heather Rivera (Matthew) and Jonah Mitchell (Leslie); fifteen great-grandchildren, Nicole Sutton (Cody), Tyson Martin, Evan and Hannah Steele, Kyle and Kristen Davin, Madison Clark, Emma, Parker, Gabriel and Riley Mitchell, Cody and Christian Hecker, Dakotah Shelton and Dalton Rivera; one great-great-granddaughter, EmmaJo Sutton; and several nieces and nephews.

Farewell Services 10:00 A.M. Saturday, April 25, Brookdale Presbyterian Church. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.  Visitation 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Friday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Mrs. Burke will be removed from Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory to arrive at the church one hour prior to the service. Flowers are appreciated and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to Brookdale Presbyterian Church or the American Cancer Society.

Charlotte S. Graves

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Charlotte S. Graves



Charlotte S. Graves, 71, Faucett, Missouri passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at her residence.

She was born November 27, 1943 to Frank and Iva Miller in Spokane, Washington.

Charlotte married Wayne L. Graves on August 24, 1963.

She belonged to Community of Christ Church and the Cactus Society of Kansas City.

Charlotte retired from Silgan Containers after 29 years in 2006.

Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Cecil and Kenny Miller and an infant brother; and sister, Maxine Brown.

Survivors include husband; daughter, Cindy Graves (fiancé, Tommy Wharton), Gower, Missouri; son, Brian Graves (Dana), Savannah, Missouri; grandchildren, Amanda, Chelsie, Colton, Lane, Maddelyn, Brookelyn Graves and Daniel, Ashley, and Haylea Walker; sister, Lois Imlay (Charles); and numerous nieces and nephews

Graveside Farewell Services & Interment 1:00 P.M. Monday, Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will gather with friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Sunday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. The family suggests memorial gifts to ALS Association. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.


Jennifer Lynn Kudlo

Jennifer Lynn Kudlo



Jennifer Lynn Kudlo, 36, St. Joseph, Missouri passed away Saturday, April 11, 2015 at her home.

She was born May 15, 1978 in Lorain, Ohio.

Farewell Services under the direction of Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.

Debbie (Smith) Perkins

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Debbie (Smith) Perkins



Debbie (Smith) Perkins, 62, Grandview, Missouri passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

She was born May 25, 1952 in St. Joseph, Missouri.

She was a creative poetry writer and loved to send personalized cards.

Debbie was preceded in death by her father, Everett Smith; sister, Victoria Smith; and mother-in-law, Ruby Jones.

Survivors include mother, Dixie Gordon, St. Joseph, Missouri; daughters, Angela Jean Perkins, Stephanie Perkins and Sarah Perkins, all of Grandview, Missouri; seven grandchildren; sister, Cindy Chellew (Mike), St. Joseph, Missouri; brother, Jerry Smith (Peggy), Blue Springs, Missouri; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Farewell Services 1:00 P.M. Saturday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Inurnment Memorial Park Cemetery.  The family will gather with friends 11:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Saturday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.

Helen Beery Underwood

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Helen Beery Underwood



Helen Beery Underwood, 91, St. Joseph, Missouri passed away Friday, March 27, 2015 at Diversicare, her home for over eight years.

She was born April 21, 1923 in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Helen married Gene Underwood on October 4, 1946.

She attended Grace Evangelical Church. Helen loved to travel and drink hot tea with many friends. She served the St. Joseph School District for over 20 years as secretary to the Board and Superintendent.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Bessie (Stakey) Beery; husband; sons, Charles Wayne and Roger Underwood.

Survivors include: special friends, Roger and Sherri Wittler; grandsons, Gene and Alex; granddaughter; former daughter-in-law, Nancy Brooks, all of Columbia, Missouri; guardian, Don Weston; and many other friends and colleagues.

Celebration of her life will take place 3:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 21, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. The family suggests memorial gifts to St. Joseph School District Foundation and Aseracare Hospice Foundation. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.


Farrell L. Harding

Farrell L. Harding



Farrell L. Harding, 80, St. Joseph, Missouri passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015 at Mosaic Life Care.

He was born October 23, 1934 to Ellsworth Lewis and Ruby Lea Harding in Milan, Missouri.

Farrell married Doris Joann Hayes November 26, 1953.

He was a member and Sunday school teacher of Green Valley Baptist Church and a past President of Teamsters, Local 460.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter, Brenda Hilliard; and twin sister, Carol Hansen.

Survivors include daughter, Carolyn Whisenand (Tommy); son, Robert Harding, (Debi); daughter, Gale Harding; son-in-law, George Hilliard; six grandchildren, Josh Hilliard (Jenn), Kellie Martinez (Joe), Jessica Stewart (Aaron), Jarod Hilliard (Stephanie), Galea Albano and Melanie Harding; and four great-grandchildren, Tristan and Peyton Martinez and Preston and Layla Hilliard; sister, Doris Dickerson.

Farewell Services  1:00 P.M. Friday, Green Valley Baptist Church. Inurnment Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Green Valley Baptist Church. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.

Ruth (Honeycutt) Kearnes

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Ruth (Honeycutt) Kearnes



Ruth (Honeycutt) Kearnes, 92, St. Joseph, Missouri passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015 at her home.

She was born August 9, 1922 in St. Joseph, Missouri.

She enjoyed crocheting and embroidery. Ruth was an excellent cook and her German chocolate cake was always requested at every family gathering.

Mrs. Kearnes was also preceded in death by her parents, Willis and Bertha (Curd) Lyon; first husband, John Honeycutt; second husband, James Kearnes; daughter, Sharon Veatch; one great-grandson, Jeremy Honeycutt; and five sisters.

Survivors include son, Ronald Honeycutt (Mary); son-in-law, Larry Veatch; seven grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; and fourteen great-great-grandchildren.

Farewell Services 1:00 P.M. Thursday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.  The family will gather with friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory.  Flowers are appreciated and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to American Cancer Society. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.

Genevia Bunse Pierson

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Genevia Bunse Pierson


Genevia Bunse Pierson, 104, was born in Amazonia, Missouri to John and Pearl Reynolds, on August 14, 1910. She left this life to be with the Lord on April 10, 2015.

She was a resident of Andrew and Buchanan County most of her life. For the past 4 years she has been a resident of New Mark Care Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Willard Mace, Frank Bunse, and Berl Pierson; brothers, Frank, Lee, and Dale Reynolds; sisters, Arelena Kaullen, Edna Long, and Pearl Harbord; half-brother, Alva Reynolds; half-sister, Ola Dick and great-grandson, Daniel David Beeler.

Survivors include daughter, Leanna (Marion)Beeler, Smithville, Missouri; granddaughter, Dixie Lea (Jim) Bishop, O’Fallon, Missouri; grandson, David M. (Alicia) Beeler, Belton, Missouri; great-granddaughters, Darla Lea (Bill) Quillman, Warrenton, Missouri, Melissa Kay (Cory) Bishop-Mattaline, Hazelwood, Missouri, and Michelle Beeler, Lenexa, Kansas; great-great-grandsons, Will Quillman, Warrenton, Missouri, Alex Bishop, and Brendan Mattaline; great-great-granddaughter, Calissa Mattaline, Hazelwood, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will gather with friends 1:30 to 3:00 P.M., Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Graveside and Interment Farewell Services 3:00 P.M. Monday, Memorial Park Cemetery. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.

Aaron Ranner

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Aaron Ranner



Aaron Joseph Ranner, 84, St. Joseph, passed away Thursday, April 9, 2015 at his home.

The son of Sylvia Mae (Fuller) Ranner Townsend and Anton Joseph Ranner, he was born July 10, 1930 at Hayden hospital, in Hayden, Colorado.

He joined the United States Army at age 17, and served from 1947-1950 as a member of General Douglas MacArthur’s Honor Guard in Tokyo, Japan. After being discharged he attended college at Hannibal-LaGrange, and Missouri State College (now Truman State) before completing a Master’s of Education degree from The University of Missouri, Columbia, through a program at Northwest Missouri State University.  He began his teaching career in Gower, where he also coached football.  He then went on to teach at Edison, before moving to Central High School for 25 years. There he was head of the History Department, and also served as a Vice Principal for 15 years.  He was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, and the former Westminster Presbyterian Church. He was also the minister of Green Valley Baptist Church in St. Joseph during the early 1960s.  He was happiest playing bridge or gardening, and was an avid reader, historian, Trivial Pursuit kibitzer, and solver of the world’s problems via debate.

He was preceded in death by a son, Richard Alan Ranner; his parents and step-father Walter Townsend; 3 sisters, Helen (Alfred) Elliott, Nellie (Gene) Gebhart, Delores Duncan; and 4 brothers, Carl, Eddie, James, and Bob.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, of the home; two daughters, Cheryl (Doug) Ramseier and Beth (Hugh) McLenaghan; two sons, Chris (Heather) Ranner and Kevin Ranner; as well as two half-sisters Mary (Frank) Barnheisel and Alyce Faye Townsend; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren as well as many beloved nieces and nephews. “We’ll leave the light on for you…”

Farewell Services 3:00 P.M. Saturday, April 25, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.  The family will gather with friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers the family request memorial contributions to Barbara Ranner or Beth McLenaghan to establish the Aaron Ranner Memorial Scholarship. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.



Edna Jessica Harder Saxton

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Edna Jessica Harder Saxton



Edna Jessica Harder Saxton, 93, St. Joseph, passed away on April 9, 2015.

Jessica was born October 22, 1921 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada, to John and Mary (Schroeder) Harder. When she was a toddler, the family moved to Hillsboro, Kansas, where she grew up.  As the eldest daughter, she cared for her invalid father and seven siblings. She held an honorary B.A. Degree from Union College, Lincoln, Nebraska; received her L.P.N. training at Hillyard Technical School, and her Dietary Manager Certification from Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan. She was a licensed nursing home administrator. In 1991, she became an American citizen.

As a young adult she worked at Proctor and Gamble in Long Beach, California, and during the war she welded small radio parts in a Kansas City factory. Subsequently, she worked for the Census Bureau, and then became a literature evangelist, selling Christian books for six years in the Kansas City area. After her marriage to her late husband, Delmar, they joined his mother, Ruth Saxton, in caring for the elderly.

Jessica was a lifelong member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, where she held a variety of leadership positions. She was a founding member of the Missouri Residential Care Association which later became the Missouri Assisted Living Association. She served on the Nursing Department Advisory Board at Missouri Western State University. In 1992, she was invited to serve on the Board of Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, and for the past few years, had been an Emeritus Board Member. In 2000 Union College presented her with the prestigious President’s Award. Delmar and Jessica encouraged and financially supported many young people in their pursuit of a Christian education.

She was best known as the Chief Executive Officer of Saxton Care Centers.  During her tenure, generations of family members worked for her, as well as generations of families who brought their loved ones to her to be cared for. Delmar and Jessica mentored others to open licensed group homes, most notably, Big John and Omeal Lucas. When she was 62, she persuaded the City of St. Joseph to issue industrial bonds to finance a modern long-term-care facility.  Many stories could be told about her “hands on” management style and her desire to care for her residents as her own family members by providing for their personal, individual needs.  She did not retire until she was in her mid-80s. She truly enjoyed caring for others and ministering to them.

Her favorite ways to spend time were church projects, gardening and canning, sharing her crops for not only nursing home residents, but also for neighbors and friends. She also enjoyed cooking, sewing, reading Christian literature, and coordinating programming for the Three Angels Broadcasting Television Network.

She married Delmar D. Saxton in 1950, who passed away in 2003.  Survivors include her children Calvin, Connie (Jim Fly), and Timothy, as well as, Cathy Pierson (Don Lake) and Carolyn Bayliss (Frank); grandchildren and great-grandchildren include Jessica Ashwell and daughter Evah, Michael, Sarah, and Hannah Saxton, Eric Fly (Dixie) and children Ethan and Mariah, Ryan Fly, Hans Fly, and Tiffany Lake; siblings, Esther Balchunas, Ida Caine, Martha Chaffin, and Fredrick Harder; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.

Services:  Friday, April 17, 10:00 a.m., at Three Angels Seventh-day Adventist Church.  Interment: Memorial Park Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Thursday, April 16, 5-8pm at Meierhoffer Funeral Home.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to “Saxton Endowed Scholarship Fund,” Union College, 3800 South 48th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska, 68506.