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Oldfield’s inducted into the Missouri Press Association Newspaper Hall Of Fame


Adrian High School Homecoming Candidates


The 2012 Adrian High School Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned during the football game against the Osceola Indians this Friday. This year’s candidates are pictured. Front row, queen candidates: Sydney Kidwell (freshman), Emily Reid (sophomore), Krista Smith (junior) and Caitlyn Jacks (senior). Back row, king candidates: Jean Morales (freshman), Skyler Cook (sophomore), James Naylor (junior) and Tyler Bohannon (senior).

Blackhawks continue to improve as they post 26-8 win over Archie


The Adrian Blackhawks made the seven mile “road trip” to Archie to take on the Whirlwinds Friday night in another matchup with a conference rival.  Adrian was looking to show that their recent surge in the conference standings was no joke while Archie was looking to prove that last year’s victory over the Blackhawks was more than once-in-a-decade type thing. 

Adrian’s offense was again dominant as they compiled an impressive 206 yards rushing and a shining passing game.  Adrian went into halftime with a commanding 20 point lead.

Lady Blackhawks fall to Midway; Defeat Lamar


The Adrian Lady Blackhawks volleyball team opened their conference portion of the season Tuesday, September 18 by hosting the Midway Lady Vikings. Midway defeated Adrian in the first game 22-25. In the second game the Lady Blackhawks battled back and won 25-19 to send the match to game three. Adrian put up a good fight, but fell 21-25. Coach Robards commented, “This was a great match for us. Midway is a strong team and we proved to ourselves that we are capable of being competitive. We had the opportunity to win in the third set but Midway was able to rally back and take the win.”

Senior Night for Lady Blackhawks Softball


Seven senior members of the Lady Blackhawks softball team were honored Monday night, September 24 when Adrian hosted Notre Dame De Sion. Seniors being honored were, left to right, Lesley Cox, Ashley Riley, Kireston Luptak, Caitlin Kimminau, Josie Stone, managers Shelby Shannon and Marya Paull.

(photo by Memories by Jessie)

21 Pointer


16 year old Dylan Enlow shot this buck on the morning of Sept. 22 with his Mathews bow. The buck roughly gross scores around 190 in. and has 21 scorable points.

Mary Ellen Barnhart 1920 - 2012

Mary Ellen Barnhart, age 92 of Butler, Missouri died Thursday, September 20, 2012 at her home in Butler. She was born June 5, 1920 to John Roland and Nelia Neva Long Hargrave in Urich, Missouri.

Graveside services were Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler, Missouri with Judy Bone officiating. Contributions may be made to the Butler Ministerial Alliance or Charity of Choice.

Ella Fern Seeley 1918 - 2012

Ella Fern Seeley, age 94 of Rattan, Oklahoma, formerly of Butler, Missouri died Thursday, September 13, 2012 at Pushmataha County Hospital in Antlers, Oklahoma. She was born August 3, 1918 to William Emmer and Ina Mae Bailey Crumly in Amsterdam, Missouri.

Graveside services were Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler, Missouri with Brother Bill Perkey officiating. Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Richard Dewayne Reinke 1938 - 2012

Richard Dewayne Reinke, age 74 of Amoret, Missouri died Thursday, September 20, 2012 in Amoret. He was born June 7, 1938 to David John and Ora Berneice Bruner Reinke in Butler, Missouri.

Funeral services were held Sunday, September 23, 2012 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler with Pastor Christian Cleghorn and Ken Plaster officiating. Burial was in the Adam Howell Cemetery, rural Amoret, Missouri. Contributions may be made to the Butler Assembly of God Church or Family.

David Duane Wadel 1957 - 2012

David Duane Wadel was born on January 6, 1957, to Lester D. and Viola (Becker) Wadel in Butler, Missouri. He departed this life on September 17, 2012 at the Veterans Administration Hospital after a lengthy hospital stay.

Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 21, 2012 at Bethany Mennonite Church in Rich Hill with Ministers Myron Koehn, Gary Schmidt and Kenneth Koehn officiating. Burial, Bethany Mennonite Cemetery, Rich Hill, Missouri. Contributions, Granddaughter’s Scholarship Fund.

Thelma Rose Leister and Clifford Micheal Leister 1917- 2012

Thelma Rose Leister, age 95 of Butler, Missouri died Friday, September 7, 2012 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler. She was born August 29, 1917 to Harry Francis and Bernice Stokley McFarland in Solomon, Kansas.

Clifford Micheal Leister, age 95 of Butler, Missouri died Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler. He was born May 8, 1917 to Frank and Emma Froelich Leister in Solomon, Kansas.

Police pursuit begins in Adrian, suspects are considered Persons of Interest in multiple cases



On September 11, 2012 at approximately 4:15am, the Bates County Sheriff’s Office received a report of suspicious people in a vehicle with no license plates. The report came from Adrian Police Department. The Adrian Police Officer first saw the vehicle in Adrian. They then found the vehicle parked on Coop Road. The suspects had a strap attached from the truck to a pole that was beside the railroad tracks. The vehicle then fled the area.

Adrian Optimist Club recognizes exemplary Students of the Month


The Adrian Optimist Club is pleased to honor Students of the Month from the Miami, Ballard and Adrian schools. Criteria for this honor centers on outstanding academic and civic achievement and school spirit. Staff at each of the schools make the selection, and their decision is based on expansion of these criteria. Each student is honored with a certificate of recognition from the Adrian Optimist Club and $20.00 in Adrian Chamber of Commerce “Chamber Bucks.” This month's students are: Lesley Cox, Adrian; Sheena Wainscott, Ballard; and Jozie Quigg, Miami.

New AjPHA President Colt Cumpton saddles up for a year full of leadership



Hot Ball blackout winner


Diane Hubbard won the Hot Ball Blackout in the amount of $4,750.00 during bingo on Monday night. Every Monday the community is invited to play bingo, sponsored by the Adrian Optimist Club.

Lady Blackhawks win four

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The Adrian Lady Blackhawks traveled to Sherwood Monday, September 10. Adrian won the match. Coach Robards stated, “Our goal going into tonight was to minimize errors and be aggressive at the net. The team did a great job of that in the 1st and 3rd sets. They played hard through out the entire match and beat a very tough Sherwood team.”

Jr. High volleyball begins season

Last Tuesday night, September 11, the Adrian junior high volleyball opened their season against Butler, at Butler.

The “B” team lost in three sets. Coach Abrams commented, “They were a little nervous during the first set, but got their feet beneath themselves. Came out fighting in the second set, and battled to the end in the third.”

The “A” team defeated Butler’s “A” team in two sets. “The “A” has a lot of returning talent and should have an excellent season” commented Coach Abrams.

Blackhawks shut out Rich Hill Tigers 41-0



The Adrian Blackhawks were able to build off the momentum from the Midway game and defeat the Rich Hill Tigers by a score of 41-0. The score was not balanced but the offense was as dominating as the defense.  Austin Pitts threw for 180 yards while the running game amassed an impressive 250 yards on the ground.  The balanced attack even spread the touchdowns around as several running backs crossed the goal line.  One of the nicer runs was by Logan Tallman as he converted a fourth and one yard attempt into a 27 yard touchdown. 

Lady Blackhawks softball action


The Adrian Lady Blackhawks hosted the Butler Lady Bears Monday, September 10 and defeated them 8 to 1. The winning pitcher was Lesley Cox.

Thursday, September 13 was a cold evening as the Lady Blackhawks hosted the Archie Lady Whirlwinds. Adrian was defeated 14 to 3. Lesley Cox was the losing pitcher.

Adrian hosted the Lone Jack Lady Mules Monday night and were defeated 8 to 7. Lesley Cox was the losing pitcher, pitching 7 innings.

Mary Florence Norton 1917 - 2012

Mary Florence Norton, age 95 of Raymore, Missouri died Saturday, September 8, 2012 at Foxwood Springs Living Center in Raymore. She was born January 7, 1917 to Ralph and Mary Alma Hall Davis in Appleton City, Missouri.

Funeral services were Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri with Gary Schowengerdt officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri. Contributions may be made to Ohio Street United Methodist Church.

Lelan Clyde Deems 1925 - 2012

Lelan Clyde Deems, age 86 of Butler, Missouri died Monday, September 10, 2012 at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri. He was born November 13, 1925 to John Clyde and Olive Elizabeth Searfus Deems in Butler.

Funeral services were Friday, September 14, 2012 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri with Dr. Terry Davis officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri. Contributions to Kansas City Hospice House, Butler First Baptist Church, Butler Public Library or Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Stanley Shelton Grimsley 1937 - 2012


Stanley Shelton Grimsley, age 75 of Adrian, Missouri died Saturday, September 15, 2012 at Adrian Manor in Adrian after a long illness following a stroke in 2004. He was born July 24, 1937 to Thomas Shelton (T.S.) Jr. and Leone Olive Willsey Grimsley in Butler, Missouri.

Funeral services were Thursday, September 20, 2012 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri with Brother Paul Burhart officiating. Burial in Benjamin Cemetery, Amoret, Missouri. Contributions to Benjamin Cemetery Association or Adrian United Methodist Church.

Blackhawks hang on for 7-0 win over Midway



It’s a cliché that’s as old as the rivalry itself but it still rings true today:  when the Adrian Blackhawks and Midway Vikings meet up, throw out the records because it’s going to be a dog fight.  The 2012 match-up of WEMO Conference rivals would be no different.  The Vikings entered the contest with lopsided victories over Osceola and Archie.  Adrian limped into the game after losing to Butler and Drexel without scoring a point.

Adrian remembers the September 11 attacks on America


September 11, 2012. A day to reflect on this nation’s greatest tragedy on American soil. Nearly 3,000 people died in the terrorist attacks on America. Firefighters, police officers and emergency personnel were among those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. We must never forget. With that in mind, the Adrian Fire Department spearheaded a September 11 assembly at the school in the morning and for the community at the Adrian Optimist Building in the evening. A processional preceded the evening program.

Adrian FBLA donates to the Bates County Food Pantry


Adrian R-3’s FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) student organzation donated $750 with funds raised from last year to the Bates County Food Pantry to help them purchase food for those in need in Bates County.  Pictured from left to right are FBLA officers Austin Pitts, Brendin White, Zachary Lewis, Caitlin Kimminau, Shelby Shannon, Rian Lewis and Bates County Food Pantry representative Laura Shipley.  FBLA’s advisor is Angela Lewis.  The Adrian FBLA has adopted this organization again for this school year and will be raising funds throughout the year to help feed those in need in

Adrian United Methodist Church cancels worship to serve the community



Lady Blackhawks begin 2012 volleyball season


The Adrian Lady Blackhawks volleyball team opened their season with a double dual at Miami. In the first round Drexel defeated Adrian 18-25, 20-25. Coach Robards commented, “We started the match strong then started to fall apart toward the end of the first set. Unfortunately we were unable to recover and fell to a strong Drexel team.

Michael L. Boettcher 1957 – 2012

Michael “Mike” Louis Boettcher, 55, Archie, Missouri, died Monday, September 10, 2012 in Archie. No services are scheduled. (Cremation).

Martha Lois Cooper 1926 - 2012

Martha Lois Cooper, age 85 of Butler, Missouri, formerly of Maryville, Missouri died Saturday, September 8, 2012 at Medicalodge of Butler. She was born October 20, 1926 to Obadiah Sampson and Minnie Adelcia Christie Keirsey in Ballard, Missouri.

Memorial services were Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri with Dr. Terry Davis officiating. Inurnment in Nodaway Memorial Gardens, Maryville, Missouri. Contributions may be made to the Heartland Hospice.

Lady Blackhawks win 2 at home; lose 2 on the road

The Adrian Lady Blackhawks softball team hosted the Sherwood Lady Marksmen on Wednesday, August 29. Behind the pitching of Lesley Cox, Adrian scored a 15-2 victory over Sherwood. Cox pitched 5 innings, allowing 5 hits, walking 2 and striking out 7.

Tuesday, September 4 the Lady Blackhawks traveled to Notre Dame De Sion and were defeated 8 to 0. Lesley Cox was the losing pitcher. She went 6 innings, allowing 12 hits and she struck out 3. last!



At last! Rain has fallen at last! A slow, soaking rain poured down on Adrian and area communities last weekend, providing much needed water in the streams, ponds, lakes and rivers, as well as moisture in the ground. The Adrian Fire Department has lifted the burn ban effective September 3, 2012.

Former New York City firefighter to speak at September 11 Program


The Adrian Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting the 11th Annual 9/11 Memorial Processional and program beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 11. The silent processional will begin at Adrian Manor Nursing Home and follow a route that will go east on Main Street to Business 71 Highway, then south to the Adrian Optimist Building at Co-op Road and Old 71 Highway. During the processional, there will be a flyover by the Life Flight Air Ambulance.

Meet the Teams


The 2012 Blackhawks are pictured (right). Front row: Sawyer Highley, Brendin White, Will Thompson, Alex Peery, Brandon Williams, Zach Lewis, Rian Lewis, Cliff Peek. 2nd row: Joe Collins, Dillon Tenholder, Matt Cochran, George Bruto, Matt Davis, John Thompson, Austin Pitts, Logan Jennings. 3rd row: Michael Hogan, Austin Williams, Isaac Romi, John Collins, Trey Fenton, Kevin Bridges, Trenton Tallman, Jake Hubbard, Jimmy McDonald, Zak Dabney. 4th row: Ryan Baker, Dustin Briggs, Briar Corbin, Trey Fenton, Brohde Bennett, Greg Collins, Timo Haertner, Logan Tallman, Kevin Bridges, Devin Darby.

Meet the Teams

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AHS Lady Blackhawks (softball) are pictured right. Front row: Josie Stone, Lesley Cox, Caitlin Kimminau, Kireston Luptak, Ashley Riley. Middle row: Sydney Kidwell, Taylor Robertson, Taryn Gregg, Kaitlyn Tenholder, Kamiron Luptak, Leah Taylor. Back row: Jessica Paull, Cheyenne Patrick, Sarah Bays, Quincy Keating, Malory Moles, Haylea Loper.

Bobcats shut out Blackhawks 16-0



For the second week in a row Adrian traveled to take on their opponent. For the second week in a row they left on the bad side of a shutout with a final score of 16-0. This week it was at the hands of the #7 rated team in Missouri Class 1 football, Drexel Bobcats.

Just like in the Butler game Adrian’s defense played well but was still susceptible to the big play. The bright side from this game is that the remainder of Drexel’s big plays did not result in points on the board.

Lady Blackhawks Softball defeats Butler


The Lady Blackhawks traveled to Butler Monday, August 27 and defeated the Lady Bears 17 to 5. The winning pitcher was Lesley Cox. She went 7 innings, striking out 9, allowing 12 hits and 5 runs.

Right: Lesley Cox was the winning pitcher against Butler. She went 7 innings, striking out 9.

Far right: Kireston Luptak gets down and ready to field the ball against the Butler Bears Monday, August 27.

Watts’ to celebrate 60 years of marriage


Delbert and Marian (Miller) Watts will be celebrating 60 years of marriage on September 12th. To commemorate this occasion an anniversary party is being planned by the Watts’ children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. In honor of the couple, their family requests a card shower. Well wishes may be sent to Route 2, Box 114A, Butler, MO 64730.

Photo by Memories Photography

Places at State Fair


Zach Shannon participated in the steer show on August 13 in Sedalia at the State Fair. He placed 6th in his class at the steer show, and won Reserve Champion in the on-rail carcass contest in the lean/retail division. 


Academic Success! Adrian R-III celebrates MAP test scores



MAP. Test scores. MAP. Test scores. MAP. Test scores. These three words are heard within the walls of Adrian R-III and in the Adrian community over and over again. MAP test results reflect that our Adrian Blackhawks are in fact learning, and they are achieving academic success a little more each year.


Because of the extreme drought this summer, the Citizens of Adrian, MO are asked to start conserving water. Conserving now will help prevent it from becoming mandatory later on.


Adrian Fire Chief Gary Dizney has issued a burn ban in the City of Adrian until further notice. The Adrian Fire Department encourages residents outside the city limits to refrain from burning until there is measurable rain fall.

Adrian Bit and Spur Club is named the Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month



The Adrian Chamber of Commerce’s featured business for August is the Adrian Bit and Spur Club. The group first met for business on October 11, 1951 in the Adrian City Pasture (now the Adrian City Park). The first president was Bill Stark, grandfather of today’s president, Matt Stark.

Welcome Home, Donald Hubbard!


Donald Hubbard made his way home after a one-year hiatus in Qatar. Hubbard is a Sergeant Major in the Army National Guard. His next duty assignment is as Command Sergeant Major over the Training Center Command.

Hubbard has been married to Tina for 23 years. Their daughters are Tifanie and Emilie and their sons are Randy and Elijah. They have one grandson, Liam. Hubbard’s parents are Steve and Donna Hubbard and his in-laws are Gary and Peggy Kennedy.

Stuff the Bus: A collaborative effort


Over 100 backpacks full of supplies were packed and sent with children recently to help them begin their new school year. This event happened thanks to the collaboration of the Archie Branch of the Adrian Bank and the Archie United Methodist Church. Children from many neighboring towns benefited from this event. A special thanks goes to all those who donated supplies to make this event such a success.

Adrian suffers season opening loss to Butler



The Adrian Blackhawks traveled to Butler Friday night to open their 2012 season against the Bears.  The Blackhawks offense took the field but returned the favor by giving the ball back to the Bears.  After trading turnovers each team traded off punts before Butler was able to cross the goal line on a busted play that netted a 24-yard touchdown.

Attends FCCLA National Leadership Conference


On July 6, 2012, the Adrian FCCLA chapter sent two officers to the FCCLA National Leadership Conference in Orlando, FL. The officers were Kireston Luptak, Region 12 President and Josie Lovejoy, Region 12 Vice-President. The two girls were accompanied by their advisor Mrs. Julie Carr.

Lions Traveling Gavel


At a surprise presentation, Lion Joey Bailey received the dreaded “Lions Traveling Gavel” from Butler President Lion Gary Evans at the Adrian Lions Club’s August 27 meeting. The Adrian Lions Club must now have four members visit another club and pass the gavel on. A $1 fine will be levied for each day the club keeps the gavel. The goal of this fun activity is to have the clubs become better acquainted.


If the drought continues...then what?


Right: Water has been pumped from the City lake to the side-stream reservoir. Pumped water, combined with evaporation from the extreme heat, has dried up part of the lake.

Far right: The City is pumping water from the City lake into the side-stream reservoir.

Day One for Adrian Kindergarteners


On Thursday, August 17, Adrian R-III opened its doors to begin the 2012 - 2013 school year. Students in preschool - 12th grades filled the halls and classrooms, and another great year of excellence in education began.

Pictured, Kindergarten Teacher Lara Six helps her students settle in on the first day of their new educational adventure.

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Seth Rosekopf serves the Lord in South Africa



I had an amazing experience serving the Lord in South Africa for three weeks at the beginning of the summer. God taught me a lot in and through this trip. My team, consisting of college students from my school (Faith Baptist Bible College, Iowa) and Baptist Bible College in Pennsylvania, served by doing work projects, putting on services with a worship team and a speaker, visiting 2 orphanages and seeing the reality of Aids and HIV, and helping out with the children at the school and homes in the children’s village. The children were very respectful.

75th Wedding Anniversary


J. C. and Leeta Lankford will celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary on August 28, 2012. They now live in Norman, OK. They have two children, Joe, a lawyer in Norman, OK and Becky in Tulsa, OK. They have four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

J. C. and Leeta still think of Adrian as “home”. They were very active in community affairs.

Football Jamboree


The Adrian Blackhawks and various varsity football teams got together on Friday, August 17 to have a live practice with other schools to give the teams a chance to play against someone other than teammates to get them prepared for the season. Coaches have a chance to gauge how the team plays and what they need to work on before the first regular season game. The Jamboree is a chance for the players and coaches to put into action what they have been practicing for the past two weeks.

Calvary Baptist Church holds VBS


Calvary Baptist Church of Adrian, MO held its annual Vacation Bible School, July 16 – 20. The theme was “Bug Zone, Transformed by our BIG God!” Along with Bible Story Time, Games and Crafts, there were Daily Contest Challenges where the children could earn extra bonus points. The VBS project this year was to buy beds and mattresses for children in India and Liberia through the ministry of “Baptist Children’s Home” in Valparaiso, Indiana. A closing program was held on Friday evening and was well attended.

The new school year brings new faces to Adrian R-III


The newest staff members at Adrian R-III are pictured. Front row: Dawn Burhart, Elementary Vocal Music; Lisa Widner, 1st Grade; Hannah Hodges, Elementary Art. Back row: Brian Tenholder, JH Social Studies; Simon Schupp, 3rd Grade; Kelly Foster, HS Science. Not pictured: Stacey Evans, 2nd Grade; Sandra Hilbus, Cook; Jim Osborne, Custodian.

Adrian Lion of the Year


Wallace Henrickson has been honored as the 2011-2012 Adrian Lion of the Year. Presenting the plaque to Wallace is Lions Club President Joey Bailey.

Yoss Thriftway donates to Adrian PTO



Adrian’s Yoss Thriftway leads our community into a future of ethical marketing with an innovative fundraising program. In collaboration with Adrian R-III’s PTO, the Yoss Thriftway Receipts Program allows the PTO to earn 1% of Yoss receipts turned in to the PTO each school year. The 2011-2012 school year was a record setting year and thanks to outstanding student/parent/teacher efforts and community involvement, the program was able to top its goal of $3,000 to earn a total of $3,250. This is the highest amount on record for the program.

R-III Middle/High School Open House


Monday, August 13, an Open House for Adrian R-III Middle and High School students and their parents was held. Students were allowed to prepare their lockers and meet their teachers before the first day of school on Thursday.

Elks sponsor Teen Dance


The Adrian Elks conducted their first Teen Dance on Saturday, August 11 at 7:00 p.m. for ages 10-16. Those attending danced to a live DJ. The next Teen Dance is scheduled for September 1, 7:00 p.m.

Bates Countians cast their votes in Primary Election


Registered voters made their way to the polls on Tuesday, August 7 to exercise their right to vote. See this week's issue of The Adrian Journal for full election coverage.

Pictured: Adrian voter Sharon Knuth casts her vote on August 7, 2012.

A Blackhawk welcome to the incoming R-III administration



With summertime coming to an end, floors are waxed, classrooms are clean, books are on the shelves, schedules are printed and staff are seen all around the Adrian R-III School District preparing for a new school year. The 2012 - 2013 school year brings new faces to Adrian and a few changes within the district.

And the practices begin...


Adrian R-III athletes began their fall sports practices on Monday, August 6 at 12:01 a.m. The Blackhawks football team is again under the helm of Coach George Bruto. He is assisted by Matt Cochran and Matt Davis. The Lady Blackhawks softball team is coached by Megan Horton, assisted by David Main. Lady Blackhawks volleyball will be led by head coach Kelsi Robards, assisted by Jessie McWilliams.

Mastens to celebrate 50th Wedding Anniversary


Sam and Julia Masten of Lowry City, MO will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on August 20, 2012. They were married in Taberville, MO.

They will be celebrating with a card shower. Friends and family may send cards to: 60305 NW 401 Road, Lowry City, MO 64763.

Hacklers celebrating 60th wedding anniversary


Bud and Maxine Hackler will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on August 16, 2012. They were married upon Bud’s return from serving with the Army in Korea. They are the parents of three children and have several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Please help them celebrate this occasion with a card of congratulations at: 9109 E. 327th Street, Drexel, MO 64742.

Engaged to Wed...Dizney - McWilliams


Gary and Fay Dizney of Adrian, MO would like to announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their son, Kevin Dizney to Crystal McWilliams, granddaughter of Norma Stone of Harrisonville, MO. The couple will be united in marriage on September 15, 2012.

Dennis Francis Forst 1953 - 2012

Dennis Francis Forst, age 59 of Archie, Missouri died Saturday, September 1, 2012 at Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville, Missouri. He was born January 29, 1953 to Urban Frederick and Clara Frances Palkowitsh Forst in Lamar, Missouri.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, September 6, 2012 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Butler, Missouri with Father John Bolderson officiating. Burial was in Garden City Cemetery, Garden City, Missouri. Contributions may be made to the St. Patrick Catholic Church.

Walton C. Whitney

Walton C. Whitney, 93, Belton, MO, son of Lyman C. and Bennye E. Whitney, passed away June 25, 2012. He was raised in Adrian, MO and worked the family farm prior to working for North American Aviation of KC.

A memorial service was held on Sunday, July 29, 2012, 2:00 p.m. at the Peculiar United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 2001 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131.

Jeanette Kay Gardner 1944 - 2012

Jeanette Kay Gardner, age 67 of Montrose, Missouri died Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at her home. She was born November 5, 1944 to Oliver and Betty Jean McCune Burris in Nevada, Missouri.

Graveside memorial services were Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at Englewood Cemetery in Clinton, Missouri with Brother Len Redding officiating. Contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice.

Wesley Leon Hawkins 1934 - 2012

Wesley Leon Hawkins, age 78 of Butler, Missouri died Thursday, August 23, 2012 at Medicalodge of Butler. He was born April 9, 1934 to Melvin Hawkins and Etta Smith Wright in Butler.

Graveside services were Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler, Missouri with Pastor Eldon Allen officiating. Contributions, Brooks Chapel AME Church.

Harold Wayne Cashier 1939-2012

Harold Wayne Cashier, 73, of Holton, KS left his earthly home to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 23, 2012. Harold was born on August 21, 1939 in Holton, the son of John and Marjorie Cashier.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 27, 2012 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Interment was in Holton Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Holton High School Athletic Dept. or Holton Community Hospital Hospice, c/o Mercer Funeral Home, Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.

Beverly Ann Rabourn 1936 – 2012

Beverly Ann Rabourn, 75, Adrian, Missouri, died Sunday, September 2, 2012 at Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park, Kansas. Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at the Atkinson Chapel in Adrian, officiated by Rev. Tony Reynolds, First Christian Church, Appleton City, Missouri. Music by Lou Anne and John Crook and Mikki Olson. Burial was in Crescent Hill Cemetery in Adrian. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church in Appleton City.

Donna Jean McCoy 1938 – 2012

Donna Jean McCoy, 74, Harrisonville, Missouri, died Saturday, August 25, 2012 at her home. Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at the Atkinson Chapel in Adrian, Missouri, officiated by Rev. Paul Burhart, Adrian Christian Church, Adrian, MO. Burial was in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian. Memorial contributions may be made to Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, 9221 Ward Parkway, Suite 100, Kansas City, MO 64114.

Melvin Leroy Smith 1928 - 2012

Melvin Leroy Smith was born June 20, 1928 to Ira and Lillie Rose Smith of rural Fontana, Kansas and after a two year battle with cancer went peacefully to be with the Lord on August 21, 2012. Graveside services were held Friday, August 24, 10:00 a.m. at the Crescent Hill Cemetery.

Ann Elizabeth Ramsey Catron 1920 - 2012

Ann Elizabeth Ramsey Catron, age 92 of Belton, Missouri died Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at Beautiful Savior Nursing Home in Belton. She was born August 10, 1920 to Washington Monroe Ramsey and Waneta Rankin Ramsey in Butler, Missouri.

Graveside memorial services were Friday, August 24, 2012 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Beautiful Savior Nursing Home.

John Douglas Morgan 1951 - 2012

John Douglas Morgan, age 60 of Butler, Missouri, died Saturday, August 18, 2012 at Medicalodge Nursing in Butler. He was born November 12, 1951 to Joseph Clyde and Evadean “Pat” Anders Morgan in Salt Lake City, Utah. Memorial services were 2 p.m. Friday, August 24, 2012 at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, Missouri.

Diana Rose Casida 1959 - 2012

Diana Rose Casida, age 53 of Butler, Missouri died Saturday, August 18, 2012 at Research Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. She was born July 12, 1959 to Lindsey Ray and Laura Lester Elder in Ottawa, Kansas.

Funeral services were Thursday, August 23, 2012 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Missouri with Pastor Ron Dunlap officiating. Burial, Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Elsie Cordelia Reed 1933 - 2012

Elsie Cordelia Wells Reed (Cordy), age 79, of Adrian, MO, was born March 31, 1933 the daughter of Marion Francis and Lillie Edith Gamble Wells at Schell City, MO. She passed this life on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at her home in Adrian, MO.

Dr. Robert George Hatten 1924 - 2012

Memorial services for Dr. Robert G. Hatten were held Thursday, August 16, 2012 at the Butler Presbyterian Church in Butler, Missouri under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler. Pastor Dick Pierson officiated. Committal with U.S. Army Honors was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Contributions may be made to Cleveland Chiropractic College or Ararat Shrine.

Robert Kinsey Wood 1985 – 2012

Robert Kinsey Wood, 27, Columbia, Missouri, died August 1, 2012 in Columbia. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 30, 2012 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Harrisonville, Missouri, under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Adrian, Missouri. Burial will be held in Crescent Hill Cemetery in Adrian, Missouri. Friends may call 6:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 29 at the Atkinson Chapel in Adrian with a Tribe of Mic-O-Say service at 6:00 p.m.

Clarence Robert Nichol Jr. 1950 - 2012

Clarence Robert Nichol Jr., age 62 of Butler, Missouri died Thursday, August 16, 2012 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler. He was born March 6, 1950 to Clarence Robert Sr. and Sarah Rachel Myers Nichol in Adrian, Missouri.

Junior’s wishes were to be cremated and remembered with fond memories. Private family inurnment at Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian, Missouri.