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Jerald I. Carr, age 83, a resident of Brookfield, Missouri, passed away on Monday, July 24, 2017, at his residence.
A private family burial will be held at a later date at Hale Cemetery, Hale, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northeast Missouri and may be left at or mailed to Lindley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 47, Chillicothe, Missouri, 64601.
Bobbie Wendell Bennett, age 90, of Brookfield, died Monday July 24, 2017 at Pioneer Skilled Nursing Center. Arrangements are pending with Rhodes Funeral Home.
Jerry Lee Stufflebean died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on July 23, 2017 in
Holt, Missouri at the age of 77.
Jerry was born on April 28, 1940 in Brookfield, Missouri to Gerald Emerson Stufflebean and
Gladys Ruth (Frazier) Stufflebean. He graduated from Brookfield High School in 1959. He moved to Kansas City and worked as a union meat cutter. He married Peggie Leah (Cook) on April 24, 1964 and together they raised three children in Kearney, Missouri.
Jerry is survived by his wife Peggie; children, Shelia (Justin) Drescher of Kearney, Shelley (Jeff)
Mosley of Mechanicsburg, Illinois, Shane (Jennifer) Stufflebean of Lee’s Summit; and siblings
Sharon Grimshaw of Brookfield, Kenneth Stufflebean of Marceline, Russell Stufflebean of
Brookfield, Connie Stufflebean of Brookfield, and Darryl Stufflebean of Brookfield. He is preceded in death by his father Gerald Emerson Stufflebean, mother Gladys Ruth (Frazier) Stufflebean and brother Douglas Ray Stufflebean, all of Brookfield.
He enjoyed living the country life near Kearney and working to maintain the Triple S Charolais
Ranch and telling friends and family how proud he was of his family.
Grandchildren: Tara (Josh) Freeman of Kearney, Lindsay Witte of Kearney, Dustin (Nichole)
Witte of Lexington, Blain Drescher of Kearney, and Leah, Michael, Anna & Jenna Stufflebean of
Lee’s Summit. Great-Grandchildren: Reighlyn Champagne of Kearney, Karson and Kannon Freeman of Kearney, and Laney Mae Witte of Lexington.
The family would like to thank Crossroad Hospice for their exceptional care and services during his illness. We would also like to thank all that came to visit, texted, emailed and called during this difficult time.
Services will be held at Bross & Spidle Funeral Home at 208 S Jefferson Kearney MO. Visitation on Friday July 28th 2017 from 6:00-7:30pm and the funeral services on Saturday July 29th at 10:00am.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements: Fry Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Kearney, Missouri 816-628-4411
Leon McDowell, age 86, of Mendon, passed away, Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City.
A funeral service will be Friday, July 28, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at the Mendon Christian Church with Rev. Lanny Lybarger officiating. Burial will be in Newcomer Cemetery in Mendon. Visitation will begin Thursday, July 27, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. and the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 in the evening at Wright-Baker-Hill Funeral Home in Brookfield.
Memorials to Newcomer Cemetery may be left at the church or mailed to Wright-Baker-Hill Funeral Home, P.O. Box 496, Brookfield, Mo. 64628.
Leon was born September 21, 1930, on a farm near Amoret, Mo. in Bates County where he attended a one-room school. In 1941, the family moved to a farm near Mendon, Mo. in Chariton County where he finished High School. He spent eight years working in Kansas City at the Federal Reserve Bank and married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Brown in 1950.
In 1956, the couple and their two children, Steve and Barbara moved back to their 80-acre farm near Mendon. Leon became a partner with Mr. Byron Bridger in the ownership of the Laclede Telephone Exchange in Laclede, Mo. He did the line work and Dorothy did the bookkeeping and billing on their kitchen table. Their third child, David, was born in 1962 just as they incorporated the Mendon, Sumner, Rothville, and Laclede exchanges into the Swan Lake Telephone Company. They converted these exchanges to dial in 1962 with an REA loan. They operated Swan Lake from 1962 until 1968 when they sold to Allied Telephone Company. In 1969 they purchased the North Missouri Telephone Company in Lathrop, incorporating that exchange into Lathrop Telephone Company which they converted to an all push-button automatic system in 1970. They operated this company until 1984 when they sold to Grand River Mutual Telephone Company, officially retiring from the telephone industry, which allowed them to operate different farm acreage in all of their years on the farm.
Leon was a member of the Missouri Telephone Association and was a member of various committees. He was the Association’s president for one term. He was on the advisory committee of Butterfield Homes in Marshall and volunteered there. He was a member of the Mendon Christian Church.
He always had small animals and enjoyed entertaining kindergartners and head start children as well as anyone else who cared to stop by to see his menagerie. He also had a hard time saying “no” when someone asked him to take and abandoned or unwanted animal.
He loved his family and he and Dorothy, each year for 30 years, took grandchildren and great-grandchildren on various summer trips. These included Niagara Falls, an airplane flight to Tampa, Florida, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and so many other points of interest.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Dorothy; three children, Barbara Cashatt and husband, Louie, Steve McDowell and wife, Jean, and David McDowell and companion, Tho; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Bernice (Coffin) McDowell; two grandsons, Justin and Kyle; and an infant great-granddaughter, Abbie Elizabeth McClelland.
Darrell Wayne Coram, 65, formerly of Brookfield, passed away on July 24 at his home in Nixa. He will be buried at 1 p.m. on July 28 at Nester Chapel, near New Boston.