Harold Leroy Armstrong


     Leroy Armstrong, age 73, of Brookfield, Missouri passed away Sunday, October 7, 2018, at his home.

     Visitation will begin at 4:00 pm. Wednesday October 10, 2018 at the Park Baptist Church, Brookfield, Missouri with family receiving friends from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Funeral service will begin at 2:00 pm. Thursday October 11, 2018 at the Park Baptist Church with Pastor David Blakely officiating. Burial will be in the Parklawn Memorial Garden Cemetery, Brookfield, Missouri. Memorials have been suggested to the Brookfield Quarterback Club and can be mailed to the Rhodes Funeral Home, 216 Linn Street, Brookfield, MO. 64628. Online condolences at www.rhodesfh.com

    Leroy was born August 7, 1945 the son of Harold Frederick and Thelma May (Miller) Armstrong in Brookfield, Missouri. On October 16, 1971 Leroy married Linda Melte in Laclede, Missouri. Leroy worked for Ag-Land, Linn County Machine, City Of Brookfield, Green Hills Ag, and retired from the Brookfield Volunteer Fire Department after 13 years of service. He was past President of Brookfield Little League Football Association, Brookfield Booster club for many years, Linn County Ambulance Board, Linn County Antique Tractor Association, and a member of Park Baptist Church. In the past Leroy helped run the clock at Burlington Field for the football games and supported the Brookfield Athletic programs. Leroy enjoyed collecting Massey Harris Tractors, numerous toy and pedal tractors, and spending time with his family.

Leroy is survived by his wife Linda of the home;  and four children; two daughters, Melissa Elson and husband Brian, Laclede, MO; Kandi Williams and husband Derek ; two sons, Bryan Armstrong and wife Robyn, and Scott Armstrong and wife Jenny, Brookfield, MO; one sister Minnie Jacobs; twelve grandchildren, Brandon Sportsman and wife Taryn, Rockaway Beach, MO, Blaine Sportsman, Laclede, MO, Jeremy Elson, New York, Alyssa Elson, Leawood, KS, Seth Armstrong, Peyton Armstrong,  Zane Armstrong,  Jacob Day, and Mitchell Day, Brookfield, MO, Blake Houston, Nikolas Houston, and Karlee Houston; three sister-in-law’s; Eva Engberg, Brookfield, Mo. Margaret Noll and husband Larry, New Cambria, MO, Darlene Young and husband Jerry, Warrensburg, MO; several nieces and nephews and life-long best friend Rick Foster, Lingo, MO.

     Leroy was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers-in-law Gary Engberg and David Henley.

Elizabeth S. “Betty” Spencer-Ricket

Elizabeth S. “Betty” Spencer - Ricket, age 84, of St. Joseph, was born June 1, 1934, in Detroit, Michigan.  On October 7, 2018, she joined our Lord in Heaven. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, October 12, 2018, at 12:00 noon at the Immaculate Conception Church in Brookfield with Fr. Jerry Kaimann officiating.  Burial will be in Park Lawn Cemetery in Brookfield.  A Rosary will be Friday at 10:00 a.m. at the church followed by a visitation until the time of service.

Memorials to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Crossroads Hospice Kids Camp may be left at the church or mailed to Wright Funeral Home, P.O. Box 496, Brookfield, MO 64628.

A very loving, caring and devoted Disciple of Christ, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother will be sadly missed by all.

Betty resided in Brookfield, Missouri for over three decades.  She worked for Medalist Stanbury and later at McLarney Manor as a very loving and devoted care giver to many in their final journey in life.  In her words, “a vocation” not merely a job.

In the early 1950’s, as a young woman just out of Catholic High School, she obtained employment with Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical Company in Detroit, Michigan as a secretary.  While working at Parke-Davis she met and later married Charles C. “Chuck” Spencer, Jr. on June 13, 1959.  After 31 years of marriage and raising four children, Charles unexpectedly joined the Lord on August 1, 1990.

A few years later Betty met another wonderful man, Albert Ricket.  They were married on July 16, 1993.  After many happy years together, he also joined the lord on July 25, 2015. 

Survivors include her children, Charles C. Spencer, III of Blue Springs, Scott Spencer and wife, Gayla (Bailey) of Ashland, Susan R. Ringeisen of St. James, Sandra Johnson and husband, Terry of St. Joseph, Teresa Doss and husband, Kenny of Brookfield, Mike Ricket and wife, Anna of Leawood, Kansas and Mark Ricket and wife, Sherry of Strafford; 20 grandchildren, Lindsay Spencer, Johnna Spencer, Brandon Spencer, Bailey King, Kyle Wendels, Shannon Herode, Spencer Johnson, Preston Johnson, Adam Holloway, Ashley Ricket, Bradley Ricket, Riley Ricket, Dane Ricket, Dakota Ricket, Dustin Hayes, Dylan Hayes, Matt Ringeisen , Jennifer Ringeisen, Julie Ringeisen and Jason Ringeisen; and 11 great-grandchildren, Charlie and Elizabeth Stanger, Gage and Axel Wendels, Emma and Natalie Herode, Emily Little, Earley King and Lillyan, Ainsley and Evelyn Ricket,

She was preceded in death by her parents, Emily Hallman and Andrew Laing and stepfather, Joseph Hallman; and one brother, Andrew J. Laing.  Also preceding her on their journey to heaven; two wonderful husbands, Charles C. Spencer, Jr. and Albert Ricket; and a son-in-law, Bob Ringeisen.  

“God does not promise us a smooth passage – just a safe delivery”

Donald Lee Ridgway

September 24, 1927 – June 24, 2018

An exceptional man, a unique individual, a humble soul, a devoted husband and a loving Daddy and Granddaddy:  Such was Don Ridgway, who died on June 24, 2018, at the age of 90, in Louisville, Colorado.  Don was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara, his parents and his sister.  He is survived by his daughters, Martha Ridgway and Kathryn Taylor (Robert Taylor), and his granddaughter, Julianna Ridgway.

Don was born in Brookfield, Missouri, on September 24, 1927.  He followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the Navy.  Don graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in journalism in 1950.  He married Barbara Klein on June 1, 1953, in Topeka, Kansas, and was a devoted and loving husband for 56 years.

Don’s true passion was teaching: he taught English and journalism at Thomas Jefferson and John F. Kennedy High Schools, and was a professor of journalism and recruiter at CU.  At both high schools and CU, Don was the adviser to the school newspapers.  Additionally, Don worked at The Denver Post part-time for over 25 years. He was instrumental in founding the Colorado High School Press Association and was its first president and executive director. 

Don’s passions were many.  He and Barbara loved to travel and went to Europe 12 times.  He was an avid, life-long golfer, taught by his father.  Don was a voracious reader and enjoyed photography and nature.  Don and Barbara loved classical music, opera, musical theatre and plays, and were season subscribers to the Colorado Symphony for decades. 

Always, however, Don’s greatest interest was in the education, activities, careers and successes of his daughters and granddaughter. He was a loving Daddy to his daughters and an exceptional Granddaddy to the light of his life, Julianna.  Don’s love and pride for his three girls was immeasurable.  He was a constant support, whether driving to music lessons, helping with homework or attending musical performances. 

Don was known for his sweet, gentle nature, his high standards, his kindness and compassion, his honesty and his integrity.  He will be profoundly missed, but his legacy will live on through the many people whose lives he touched.  A private memorial service was held by his immediate family. Contributions in his memory may be made to The Colorado Symphony, Boettcher Concert Hall / Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1000 14th Street, #15, Denver, CO 80202, or the Don Ridgway Colorado High School Press Association Scholarship, CU Foundation, P.O. Box 17126, Denver, CO 80217.

Friends may share condolences with the family online at www.darrellhowemortuary.com