Obituaries February 5th

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Judith Jene “Judy” Long
1942 – 2019

Judith Jene “Judy” Long, 76, of St. Joseph, died Monday, February 4, 2019, at St. Joseph Senior Living in St. Joseph. Judy was born August 4, 1942, in Buchanan County, MO, to Raymond Eugene and Mary Louise (Hollenbeck) Stroud.

Prior to retirement she worked as a cook for the St. Joseph State Hospital for over 30 years. She was a member of the Woodson Chapel Christian Church, and the Eagles #49 of St. Joseph. She had previously attended the Mound City Christian Church in Mound City, MO.

She was married to Calvin L. Long and he preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death were her parents and a sister Vicki L. Church.

Survivors include a sister Janice Hyatt; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Woodson Chapel Christian Church or to the Kickapoo Nation.

Visitation will be Friday, February 8, 2019 , from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Services will follow at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Memorial Park Cemetery.


Betty Joan Gilleland
1935 – 2019

Betty Joan Gilleland, 83, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Sunday, February 3, 2019, at Mosaic Life Care.
She was born October 8, 1935 in Starfield, MO to Rollie and Clara (Carter) Musser.
Betty married Dee Gilleland on May 16, 1953; he survives of the home.
She was an avid reader and also enjoyed growing vegetables and flowers.
Betty loved children and spending time with her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Kay, Clay, Bill, Charles, Rollie, Jr., Allen, and Darrell Musser; sisters, her twin, Barbara Jean Musser, Anna Mae Summerfield, and Nettie Bottorff.
Additional survivors include her sons, Jerry Gilleland (JoDan), Max Gilleland (Cindy); grandchildren, Angie Murkins (Ryan), Tyler Gilleland (Abby); Andrew Gilleland, Cody Gilleland; 4 great-grandchildren; sister, Doris Brinton; brother-in-law, Jon Gilleland (Ann); several nieces, nephews and extended family.
Farewell Services 1:00 P.M. Thursday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will gather with friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations be made to Noyes Home for Children.


Neal K. Nold
1959 – 2019

Neal K. Nold, 59, Clarksdale, Missouri, passed away Sunday, February 3, 2019.
He was born August 27, 1959 in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Neal married Tracy Jo Smithson February 16, 1985. She survives of the home.
He was a member of Helena United Methodist Church, Helena Lion’s Club, MO Holstein Association, Dairy Farmers of America, Helena 4-H Alumni and Ball Association of Helena.
Neal enjoyed farming, tractors, sports and attending agriculture events. His greatest pride was being a grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Darline (Schottel) Nold.
Additional survivors include sons, Adam Nold (Heather), Chad Nold (Elizabeth), Brandon Nold (Sarah); grandchildren, Colby, Blake, Hunter, Lauren, Alaina, Wesley, Madison, Brooklynn; father, Kenneth Emmett Nold; sisters, Nancy Schmutzler (Glen), Cheryl Wyckoff (Randy), DeeAnn Schnitker (Donald); in-laws, Larry and Marilyn Singleton; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Farewell Services 10:00 A.M. Thursday, Helena United Methodist Church. Interment Helena Cemetery. The family will gather with friends 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations to Helena United Methodist Church, Helena Lions Club or Helena 4-H Club. Online guest book and obituary at


Joyce A. Watts
1942 – 2019

Joyce A. Watts, 76, of St. Joseph, MO passed away February 3, 2019.

She was born April 14, 1942 in Robinson, KS. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents Robert “Speck” and Mildred Reed Watts.

She is survived by her companion Donald Painter of St. Joseph, two children: Angela Recob (Christopher), Mitch Bachman (Christina) all of Wathena, three grandchildren: Sara Recob Neal, Chalei Bachman Cockriel, Kiefer Bachman, three great grandchildren: Chandler & Paisley Cockriel and Jameson Neal, four sisters: Irene Ferry-Torres (Ray) of Hiawatha, Janice Owens (Bill) of Lenexa, KS, Bonnie Torkelson (Allen) of Robinson, Linda Nigus of Hiawatha, with numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be no visitation or service. Private inurnment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery, Robinson, KS at a later date, under the direction of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, Hiawatha, KS.

Memorials may be made to the Missy Newell Breast Cancer Foundation sent in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, 124 S 7th St., Hiawatha, KS 66434.


Douglas Mead Christian
1967 – 2019

Douglas Mead Christian, 51, of Bella Vista, Arkansas passed away unexpectedly January 31 at his home.

He was born August 1, 1967 to Edward and Toni Christian in Hiawatha, Kansas. He attended schools in Hiawatha and then attended Beloit Technical School and graduated with a certificate in heavy machinery. Doug was an over the road truck driver at the time of his death.

Doug married Kelly Jo Mallow September 16, 2000 in Kansas City. To this union, three children were born, Elizabeth Jane, 14, Jackson Mead, 10, and Elison Grace, 8. They all survive of the home in Bella Vista.

He is also survived by his parents Toni Hull, Ed and Deb Christian, a brother Ed Christian Jr. (Connie) all of Hiawatha, a sister, Mik Christie of Falls City, NE, a step brother Jerad (Monica) Enneking of Hiawatha. He is also survived by his mother in law, Michele Mallow of Las Vegas, three sisters in law Lisa Mallow of Mission, KS, Leslie (Curt) Mason of Shawnee, KS, Kindra Mallow of Las Vegas, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by a nephew, Jacob Christie, in June 2018.

There was nothing more important to Doug than his family. He loved spending time outside doing activities with them. Doug was a hard worker and a devoted husband and father.

Two services will be held in his memory.

Arkansas- Bella Vista Funeral Home and Crematory Saturday, February 9 at 1:00 pm.

Kansas-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hiawatha, Saturday February 16, with visitation at 1:00 and service following at 2:00

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that Memorials be made out to the Doug Christian Memorial Fund and may be sent in care of either funeral home.


Deloris A. Buss
1934 – 2019

Mrs. Deloris A. Buss died on Sunday, February 3, 2019 in Hiawatha, Kansas at the age of 84. Deloris was born on December 7, 1934 at her Grandma and Grandpa Loseke’s house in Stanton County, Nebraska. She graduated from Pierce High School in 1952.

Deloris’s early life included meeting her future husband, Gerald Buss, when she was just 7 years old. They were married in 1952 and Gerald farmed while Deloris taught in a 1 room school house in Foster, Nebraska. They lived in Oxford, England for 1 year while Gerald was stationed there while serving in the Army. Deloris said that “living there was like being on a vacation all the time”. They returned to Nebraska and to a life of farming before moving to Springfield, IL in 1958 where Gerald completed his Master’s of Divinity. They then moved to Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Colorado and Kansas. After all the kids were off to school, Deloris started her life-long passion of caring for others in hospitals and nursing homes in Wisconsin, Colorado and Kansas. Gerald and Deloris retired in Hiawatha, Kansas.

Deloris was predeceased by Gerald and her oldest son, Anthony “Tony” Buss. She is survived by her children; Cathy Mueller, David Buss, Jerry Buss, Tim Buss, DeAnn Windibiziri and Sara Buss; 16 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Oaks Indian Mission, PO Box 130, Oaks, OK 74359; Upper Wolf Lutheran Church; or Freedom Hospice.

Burial will take place at 10:30 AM on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the Upper Wolf Lutheran Church Cemetery, 1803 Sumac Road, Robinson, Kansas 66532. A memorial service will follow at 11 AM at Upper Wolf Lutheran Church, with a luncheon afterward.


Diane M. Wisdom
1943 – 2019

Diane M. Wisdom, 75, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Monday, February 4, 2018 at LaVerna Village of Savannah, surrounded by her loving family.

Diane was born on October 28, 1943 in St. Joseph, Missouri to the late Hubert Lee and Norma (Culp) Jordan. She was a graduate of Lafayette High School.

Mrs. Wisdom retired from St. Joseph Transit after twelve years of employment, and previously worked at Laidlaw Transit and for the St. Joseph School District.

Diane was an avid bingo player and dog lover and enjoyed bowling on a local league for many years.

Diane married Quentin Wisdom on November 18, 1960. He preceded her in death on July 25, 2016.

Mrs. Wisdom was also preceded in death by her son, Clinton Lee Wisdom and infant son, Casey Garold Wisdom.

Diane is survived by her daughter, Lisa Wisdom-Strayer (Rex), St. Joseph, MO; granddaughter, Anna Leigh Wisdom; great-grandson, Drake Wisdom; step-grandsons, Travis Strayer (Stephanie) and Trent Strayer (Amanda); step-great-grandchildren, Courtney, Nick, Sage, Clayton, Jake, Morgan and Christian; three nieces, Twyla Major, Kim Smith-Marti, Bethany Potter and nephew, Steve Boeh.

Memorial Service 7:00 PM Monday, February 11, 2019 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, where the family will receive friends 5:00 to 7:00 PM Monday..

The family has requested memorial donations to the Walnut Grove Cemetery Fund.