William Ray Bennett

William Ray Bennett, age 82, of Brookfield, passed away, Sunday, November 18, 2018, at his home.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at Wright Funeral Home in Brookfield with Pastor Tom Sullenger officiating.  Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Brookfield.  Visitation will begin Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. An Elk’s Session of Sorrow will be held at the beginning of the funeral service.   

Memorials to Saving Every Victim (S.E.V.), Trinity United Methodist Church, or Brookfield Elks Lodge Veteran’s Transport Project may be left at or mailed to Wright Funeral Home, P.O. Box 496, Brookfield, MO 64628.

Ray, son of Frank and Lucile (Watson) Bennett, was born August 26, 1936, in Osborn, Missouri.  On January 15, 1961, he married Carole Songer.

After graduating from Cameron High School, he studied agronomy at the University of Missouri Columbia where he graduated in 1958.   While attending the university, Ray was an active member of Farmhouse Fraternity and participated in the ROTC program.

After college, Ray served in the United States Army National Guard until 1964, then worked for American Agricultural Chemical Company and then for Chevron.  In 1967, he moved his family to Brookfield where he was the co-owner/operator then owner of Ag-Land Inc.  Ray sold Ag-Land after 33 years and retired soon after.  After retiring, he kept busy with woodworking, tending to his garden, playing cards, and finding all types of projects to work on around the house and with his numerous friends.  He often said he was busier after he retired then when he was working.

Ray served on various boards in the community including:  Brookfield R-3 school board of education where he served as President, Linn County Health Department, Linn County Extension Department, Citizens Bank and Trust, North Central Missouri YMCA, Brookfield Country Club and was a founding board member of MO-AG Industries.  Ray was also a proud member of the Brookfield Elks Lodge for over 50 years and a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Brookfield.

Survivors include his wife, Carole of the home; two daughters, Kerry Estes and husband, Steve of Kansas City and Susan Jones and husband, Nolan (Chip) of Columbia; one son, Tom Bennett and wife, Natalie of Brookfield; seven grandchildren, Trent and Rylie Estes of Kansas City, Madelyn and Blake Jones of Columbia, and Andrew, Maggie and Alex Bennett of Brookfield; one sister, Carolyn Scott of Cameron; one brother, Lee Bennett and wife, Sandy of Springfield; and several nieces and nephews.

Ray was preceded in death by his toddler son, Steven Bennett; his parents, Frank and Lucile Bennett; and one brother, Ross Bennett. 

Sharese Tollerton

Sharese Tollerton, age 49, of Brookfield, died Sunday, November 18, 2018, near Brookfield.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at Wright Funeral Home in Brookfield with Greg Murphy officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials payable to Shane Head (for an educational fund for Sharese’s grandchildren) may be left at or mailed to Wright Funeral Home, P.O. Box 496, Brookfield, MO 64628.

Sharese Sue, daughter of Gary and Bonnie (DeVore) Head, was born February 8, 1969, in Independence.  She married Rob Tollerton of Brookfield.

Sharese worked as a customer service representative for Walsworth Publishing Company in Brookfield. 

She was a member of the Brookfield Country Club and the Brookfield Lady Elks.

Survivors include her husband, Rob of the home; one daughter and son-in-law, Madyson and Dylan Williams of Brookfield; two sons, Tanner Berry of Brookfield and Tucker Tollerton of Hannibal; one grandson, Jax Williams of Brookfield; her parents, Gary and Bonnie Head of Brookfield; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Shane and Danielle Head and Shanon and Nicole Head all of Brookfield; one sister and brother-in-law, Shandra and Drew Bextermueller of St. Charles; nieces and nephews, Gavin and Samantha Head, Kaitlan Head and fiancé, Chad Ness, Rachel and Rylan Head, Tyler, Jase and Anna Bextermueller; grandmother, Martha and Kenneth Burns of Brookfield; brothers-in-law, Doug and Janet Tollerton of Brookfield and Matt and Casey Tollerton of Holts Summit; sisters-in-law, Susan Tollerton of Brookfield and Lori Yantzler of Bizmark, North Dakota; father-in-law, Bob Tollerton of Cameron; grandmother-in-law, Mary Louise Johnson of Brookfield; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Her grandparents, Vernon DeVore and Carl and Lorene Head preceded her in death.

Lorene (Kelley) Carpenter

Lorene (Kelley) Carpenter, age 90, of Liberty, formerly of Rothville, died Monday, November 19, 2018, at The Laurel at Norterre Assisted Living and Memory Care in Liberty, Missouri.

Funeral services will be Saturday, November 24, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at Wright Funeral Home in Brookfield with Pastor Joe Smith officiating.  The family will receive friends Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.  A private family burial will take place in the Rothville Cemetery in Rothville.

Memorials to Rothville Baptist Church may be left at or mailed to Wright Funeral Home, P.O. Box 496, Brookfield, MO 64628.

Lorene Kelley was born February 21, 1928, in Bloomfield, Missouri.  On July 3, 1949, she married Jim M. Carpenter of Rothville.  Lorene and Jim were married 69 years and lived those years on the family farm outside of Rothville.

Lorene was a member of Rothville Baptist Church in Rothville and former member of the Tanglefoot Squares square dance club in Brookfield.

Survivors include one son, Steve Carpenter and wife, Trudy (Babb) of Kansas City; two grandsons, Ryan M. Carpenter and wife, Lauren (Grisham) of Merced, California, and Brent M. Carpenter and wife, Sarah (Rush) of Bloomington, Indiana; and four great-grandsons, Woods C. Carpenter of Merced, California, and Dylan A. Carpenter, Deacon J. Carpenter and Drew M. Carpenter of Bloomington, Indiana.

Lorene was preceded in death by her husband, Jim M. Carpenter; father, John F. Kelley; and mother, Eliza Jane (Long) Kelley.

Helen Louise Thompson


Helen Louise Thompson, age 94, of La Plata, passed away Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at La Plata Nursing Home, La Plata, Missouri

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM, Tuesday, November 27, 2018, at Rhodes Funeral Home, with Reverend Mandy Wiedeman officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery.  A visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, from 12:00 PM until the time of service. Memorials have been suggested to the La Plata Nursing Home or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, and may be left at or sent to Rhodes Funeral Home, 216 Linn Street, Brookfield, Missouri 64628 .Online registry atwww.rhodesfh.com.

Helen was born on November 2, 1924 in Laclede, Missouri, to Pete and Blanche (Riddle) Thompson. Helen was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Brookfield, Missouri. She was employed for many years at Dearing’s Bakery in Brookfield. Later, she was employed at Whitaker Cable until she retired. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, reading, and most of all spending time with family.

Helen is survived by one brother, Jack Thompson of Grandview, Idaho; three sisters, Jane Hill, Brookfield, MO; Carolyn Price, Raytown MO; and Grace Horton, Lufkin, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Alice Thompson and Mae Thompson, both of Bucklin, as well as several nieces and nephews. Extended family includes Gary, Marilyn, and Kevin Cokerham, La Plata, Mo; Melvin and Scharlyne Gordon, Hannibal, MO; John and Gayle Siecinski, Marceline, MO.; Kristin and Michael Richardson, Isabella and Lydia of Washington, MO; and Ryan, Michelle and Gary Daniel Cokerham, Columbia, MO, who called her “Grandmother”. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; eight brothers, and four sisters.


Thelma Correll

Thelma Correll, age 63, of Kansas City, formerly of Brookfield, died Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at her home.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, November 27, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at Wright Funeral Home in Brookfield with Pastor Frank Bolin officiating. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Brookfield.  The family will receive friends Monday from 6:00 until 8:00 in the evening at the funeral home.

Memorials to the family (payable to Mike Blackwell) may be left at or mailed to Wright Funeral Home, P.O. Box 496, Brookfield, MO 64628.

Thelma Agnes, daughter of Charles and Ruby (Dean) Blackwell, was born November 19, 1955, in Brookfield.  On August 16, 1986, she married Robert Warner Correll who preceded her in death on July 7, 2016.

Thelma was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family and traveling.

Survivors include three children, Michael Blackwell and wife, Crystal of Marceline, Shannon Burge and husband, Patrick of Lancaster, Kansas, and Samuel Correll and Spencer Claiborne of Kansas City; seven grandchildren, Brittany Blackwell, Alexander Blackwell, Haileigh Blackwell, Anthony Harris, Mikey Burge, Talen Burge, and Shelby Burge; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Johnnie Lampe and wife, Donna of Clarence; one sister, Linda Finch and husband, Paul of Brookfield; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Her parents and one sister, Lois Jacobs also preceded her in death.

William M. O’Dell

William M. O’Dell, age 72 of Marceline, died Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at University Hospital in Columbia. Bill was born in Brookfield, Missouri on January 31, 1946 to John Lee O’Dell Sr. and Margaret M. (Sporer) O’Dell. He married Anita C. Lingchang and she preceded him in death in 2017.

Bill worked for the United States Government in the Navy for over 20 years. He was a member of the Marceline VFW Post #1471 and St. Bonaventure Catholic Church.

He is survived by his sons, David O’Dell of Marceline and Christopher O’Dell of Santee, California, two brothers, John O’Dell Jr. and Bonnie of Springfield and Gregory P. O’Dell and Cindy of Marceline, sister Cindy Tyler and John of Memphis, Tennessee, and grandson Ryan C. O’Dell of Santee, California. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Anita and grandson Logan Joseph O’Dell.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 AM Monday, November 26, 2018 at the St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Marceline. Burial with Military Honors will be in the St. Bonaventure Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4-6 PM with prayer service at 5:45 PM Sunday, November 25, 2018 at Delaney Funeral Home, Marceline. Memorials can be made to VFW Post #1471 and mailed to 1720 N. Missouri Ave., Marceline, MO 64658.


Virginia “Ginny” Hutchinson

Heaven gained an amazing soul, and our world lost one of the sweetest persons to ever grace the earth.Virginia “Ginny” Hutchinson, 100, of Chillicothe, Missouri, joined her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 1:06 a.m., Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

Ginny was born July 25, 1918, to Dr. John Hodgen and Florence Ann (Squire) Lucas in Brookfield, Missouri. She had three older sisters: Betty Lucas, Pearl McCue, and Gertrude “Peggy” Stauber.

Ginny and her sweetheart, Evan Wendell Hutchinson, married May 9, 1937, and were blessed with four children: Ann, who died of leukemia at the age of two; Nancy Hutchinson, Findlay, Ohio; John Hutchinson, Chillicothe; and Page (Jim) Malone, Springfield, Missouri. Grandchildren are Evan (Beth) McNish and great-grandson David, Glen Ellyn, Illinois; Scott (Crista) McNish, Battle Ground, Washington; Luke Malone and Rachel Malone, Springfield; and Jay (Corrie) Hutchinson, Columbia, Missouri. Evan passed on October 25, 1999; he and Ginny were married 62 years.

Ginny was a long-time member and Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church Chillicothe. Her love for Jesus filled her to overflowing with love for all those around her. A homemaker on their farm northeast of Chillicothe, Ginny catered beautifully decorated cakes, enjoyed gardening and crafting, and blessed many with her hand-crocheted red “scrubbies.” She and Evan were actively involved with Lay Witness Mission and prison ministry. Ginny was presented an award for 25 years of community service in 2009. Her favorite Bible verse was Proverbs 3:6, “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

A celebration of Ginny’s life will be at First Baptist Church Chillicothe on Monday, November 26, at 11 a.m., with visitation preceding at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Brookfield. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to First Baptist Church Chillicothe and/or The Baptist Home, 500 Baptist Home Lane, Chillicothe, Missouri 64601. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Wright Funeral Home, Brookfield.

David Phillip Gardner

David Phillip Gardner, age 85, of Brookfield, died Tuesday, November 20, 2018, at Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield.

Funeral services are pending at Wright Funeral Home in Brookfield.