Obituaries March 9-11

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John R Obermier Sr

unnamedJohn R. Obermier Sr., 60, of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Mosaic Life Care Hospital. He was born February 15, 1957 in St. Joseph, MO, son of the late Mary and Edwin Obermier. He attended Benton High School. John loved being a salesman with a lifelong career in the furniture industry. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and ornery disposition. He loved to socialize, play pool, bowl, and play video trivia and poker (with prizes including 2 Harley motorcycles). He was a member of St. James Catholic Church. Survivors include, daughter, Becky (Pat) Brock and grandson William of Lenexa, KS, son John Obermier Jr, daughter, Miranda Obermier, both of St. Joseph, MO. Siblings, Mary Ludeke, Teresa (Kenny) Nolan both St. Joseph, Janice (David) Pellersels, Atchison, KS., Edwin (Linda) Obermier, Jeanette (Troy) Watson, Margaret (Thomas) Filley, all St. Joseph, Charles (Mary Kay) Obermier, Bellevue, NE, Greg (Shelley) Obermier, Faucett, MO, David (Janie) Obermier, St. Joseph, MO, Arthur (Nikkie) Obermier, Columbia, MO, Cheryl Wilson, Robert (Tracy) Obermier, and Eric (Johnna) Obermier, all St. Joseph, MO. The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM on Monday with a Rosary to be recited at 2:30-Funeral Services following at 3:00 PM Monday March 13, 2017 at the Rupp Funeral Home with Fr. Matt Rotert officiating. The Interment will be at the Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials are requested in lieu of flowers to the John Obermier Sr. Memorial Fund in care of Rupp Funeral Home.

Eddina Nagle

Eddina Kay Nagle 79, of Saint Joseph, Missouri passed away Thursday March 9, 2017 at Mosaic Life Care Hospital. She was born June 18, 1937 in St. Joseph, Missouri daughter of Allen & Kathryn Lovelady. She attended Lafayette High School, and worked at Big Smith for several years, she was also a homemaker. Eddina loved spending time with her family, playing Santa Clause, dressing up for Apple Blossom Parades, and watching Nascar races, she loved to entertain. Eddina was preceded in death by her parents, granddaughter, Peggy Joann Milbourn, and two brothers, Rodney and Rolland Lovelady. Survivors include sons: Larry Nagle (Tina Hicks), Osborn, MO, Perry (Sheri) Milbourn, Saint Joseph, MO, Gary Watts, Kansas City, MO, Glen Allen Watts, St. Joseph, MO, and Ricky Milbourn of UT, 8 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren. Mrs. Nagle will be cremated under the care and direction of the Rupp Funeral Home. Online condolence and obituary at

Reta “Jo” Wade

wade-reta-jo-obitphotoReta “Jo” Wade, 82, St. Joseph, Missouri passed away Friday, March 10, 2015 at a local healthcare facility.
She was born in State Center, Iowa to G. Herschel and Lillian (Templeman) Keedy, they preceded her in death.
Jo married Ron Wade, June 10, 1956, he survives of the home.
She attended Brooklyn Iowa High School, and graduated from Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa. She then attended Missouri University of Columbia.
Jo was a former member of First Christian Church. She was a current member of Ashland United Methodist Church, Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, and PEO Chapter JF. During her life she was involved with Jr. League, St. Joseph Museum, PTA, and was also past president of Missouri Veterinary Association Axillary.
She enjoyed playing bridge, needle pointing, and quilting
She was also preceded in death by her a brother, G. Curtis Keedy; numerous cousins.
Additional survivors include sons, Dr. Scott Wade (Rhonda), and Chris Wade (Karolin); daughter, Nan Farrell (Jay); grandchildren, Sheldon Farrell, Katie Bishop, Ayla, Rhea, and Jane Wade; great-grandchildren, McKenna Bishop and Jaxon Farrell.
Farewell Services 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will gather with friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Ashland United Methodist Church or Cottey College, 1000 W. Austin Blvd. Nevada, MO 64772. Online guest book and obituary at

Joseph Lee Hatfield

unnamedJoseph Lee Hatfield 71, Savannah, Missouri, passed away Friday, March 10, 2017 at his home. He was born July 27, 1945, St. Joseph, MO, son of the late Helen and Samuel Hatfield. He attended Lafayette High School, and retired from Wonder Bread Bakery, he also had worked at Walmart. He enjoyed Karate, Riding his bike, reading his Bible, he was a Baptist. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Samuel Larry, and David Hatfield, and a sister, Linda Wykert. Survivors include, wife Sheila Hatfield, daughter, Ramona (Tim) Angel, Saint Joseph, son, Neal Hatfield, Reeds Spring, step son, Jonathan Tracy, adopted daughter, Tabatha Hatfield, brothers, Gary (Denise) Harfield, Michael (Rose) Hatfield, sisters, Annie (Phillip) Rains, Diana (David) Hopper all of St. Joseph, MO, 9 Grandchildren, 8 Great Grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 12-2 PM Wednesday, with a funeral service starting at 2:00 PM, the interment will be at the King Hill Cemetery. Memorials are requested to the Joseph Hatfield Memorial Fund in care of the Rupp Funeral Home.

Gerald E. “Sonny” Williams

williams-gerald-obitphotoGerald E. “Sonny” Williams, 74, St. Joseph, Missouri passed away Friday, March 10, 2017 at his home.
He was born September 30, 1942 in Lamar, Colorado to Gerald and Louise (Carter).
Sonny married Gloria “Whoodie” Gardner January 26, 1942, she preceded him in death March 13, 2015.
He was a member of The Knuckle Draggers Car Club and loved his hotrods and spending time in his garage.
Sonny enjoyed spending time with his great-grandbabies and doing yard work.
He was also preceded in death by parents; and brother, Curtis Steeby.
Survivors include daughters, Sheila Brown (Steve), Carissa “Crissy” Williams, Melody Gardner; sons, Gerald “Sonny” Williams, Jr., Gerald “Junior” Williams, and Joe Williams (Brenda); several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings, Alma Keith, Wilma Roberts (George), Gerrie Petersen (Jerry), Debbie Bozworth(Rick), Carl Williams (June), Dennis Steeby (Marilyn), Raymond Steeby (Sherri), Fred Steeby (Anna), Bertha Belding (Bill), Kevin Steeby (Shelli) and Lori Boller (Jennifer); numerous nieces and nephews.
Farewell Services 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment Mount Auburn Cemetery. The family will gather with friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Flowers are appreciated and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to The American Cancer Society. Online guest book and obituary at

Brice Edwin Douglas Sowers

4889223Brice Edwin Douglas Sowers was born Wednesday, January 20th, 1993; and passed away Friday, March 10th, 2017. Visitation Tuesday, March 14th, 2017, 12:00pm – 2:00pm. Located at the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home. Services Tuesday, March 14th, 2017, 2:00pm. Located at the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home. Interment located at the Mt. Vernon Cemetery.

William Michael “Mike” Murdy

unnamedWilliam Michael “Mike” Murdy, Sr., of Hiawatha, died shortly after arrival at Hiawatha Community Hospital, Saturday, March 11, 2017. He was 69.
A Celebration of Life service is planned for 11 a.m. Thursday, March 16, at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Hiawatha. Pastors James Callaway and Ryan VanPeursem will officiate. Military honors a courtesy of the Brown County Veterans Honor Guard. Cremation with follow services, with private family inurnment to be at Laus Creek-Anderson Cemetery, east of Reserve.
The family will meet with friends from 6 until 8 Wednesday evening at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, Hiawatha.
Mike was born in Denver, CO, February 8, 1948, one of two sons born to William Finley and Audrey Mae Ronan Murdy. He grew up in Denver, attended schools there, and where he spent most of his working life. Mike served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam Conflict before discharged in 1967. He worked as a bus mechanic for public transportation in Denver until he was hurt and disabled. Upon moving to Hiawatha, he drove an occasional school bus route but mainly activity routes for USD #415 of Hiawatha. In later years, he worked hard to earn his GED.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hiawatha; and also a member of Homer-White American Legion Post #66, Hiawatha. He loved to fish, eat donuts and drink coffee at McDonald’s with friends. Mike loved his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He liked to watch sports, especially the Chiefs! Mike was always happy go lucky, always had time to chat, never met a stranger, and loved to aggravate!
He met Shirley Martin in California during the service. They later married May 7, 1967 in Reno, Nevada. They lived in Denver before moving to Hiawatha to make their home in 2003. She survives.
Also surviving are his children: Tom Martin (Sherri) of Hiawatha, Bill Murdy, Jr. (Jamie) of Horton, Jennifer Ruiz (Juan) of Topeka, Betty the family dog; 5 grandchildren: Ricky, Mikey, Aryeanne, Anna, Alex; 10 great-grandchildren: Kylee, Esparanza, Erica, Georgia, Little Ricky, Monkey (Cesar), Noah, Brianca, Makenzie, and Ethan.
He was also preceded in death by his brother.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Baptist Church, or William Murdy Memorial Fund, sent in care of the funeral home, 124 S 7th St., Hiawatha 66434.

June Ellen Miller

miller-june-obitphotoJune Ellen Miller, 69, St. Joseph, Missouri passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Mosaic Life Care.
She was born February 22, 1948 in Kushing, Oklahoma.
June married Larry Miller December 2, 1967 at Twin Spires in St. Joseph, Missouri.
She was a surgery technician for Doctors Walsh and Tobin and worked for Dr. Shrock.
June was a member of Our Lady Guadalupe Catholic Church, where she was a founding member, Altar Society, Pine Ridge Ministry Team and the Birthday Club.
She was preceded in death by her father, Henry Michael Michalski; and one brother, James (Jim) Michalski.
Survivors include husband of the home; sons, Eric Miller (Steffani), St. Joseph, Shawn Miller (Brandi), Carl Junction, Missouri; daughter, Amy Green (Josh), St. Joseph; nine grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; mother, Eunice (Barnett) Michalski, St. Joseph.
Mass of Christian Burial 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, Our Lady Of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. Parish Rosary 6:30 P.M. Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory The family will gather with friends 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. Tuesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Online guest book and obituary at

Robert G. “Bob” VanEpps

unnamedHe was born January 11, 1927 in Valley Falls, Ks. He was adopted to Charlie and Delferne VanEpps in 1930 where he resided in the same home his entire life. He went to school in Robinson (where he graduated in 1945). Bob served four years with the 2nd BN, 130th FA, Kansas Army National Guard, in Hiawatha in the early 1950’s during the time the Unit did sand bagging at Elwood during 1951 flood. He enjoyed riding horses from an early age. He later enjoyed riding motorcycles that he rode as a family activity on Sunday afternoons. Buying, selling, driving and caring for cars was a hobby that he really enjoyed, but farming the family farm was his great passion. Bob and Bruce famed together everyday till he was 85 which he quit due to declining health and was so proud to farm as long as he did.
Bob asked Jesus into his heart and was baptized in 1972 at the Christian Center of Hiawatha. He later joined the First Christian Church where he enjoyed singing in the choir for a short time, and was quite talented with his singing and whistling. He loved the Lord and revered his salvation and need for a savior.
Bob married Ilene Severson and together had three children Linda, Bruce and Ron. He later married Jeanne Judd with two step children, Annette and Brad. Then later if life, he enjoyed driving, buffets at the casinos and visiting with friends with his loving companion Dorothy Collier. She gave a great deal of love, care, and attention to Bob’s final chapter of his life which we were so grateful for.
Survivors include: sons Bruce VanEpps of Hiawatha Ks, Ron VanEpps (and Cindy) of Hays Ks; daughter Linda Proffit of Savannah MO; a total of 7 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Also surviving are his companion Dorothy Collier; step children: Annette (Brian) Hoskins and their son Brady Hoskins of Robinson, Brad (Kathy) Judd of Falls City, NE, and their children.
Funeral services are planned for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 15, at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hiawatha, with Rev. Micah Dunn, officiating.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 Tuesday evening at the funeral home,
Memorial contributions are suggested to be used for medical expenses at the donor’s favorite children’s hospital, sent in care of the funeral home.