Obituaries March 13th

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Margaret M. Sewell (Williams)
1927 – 2019

Margaret M. Sewell, 91, of Kansas City, MO formerly of Lancaster, KS died on Monday, March 11, 2019 at her daughter’s home.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, March 16th, 2019 at the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home with Rev. Seth Montgomery officiating. Burial will follow in the Lancaster Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11:30 am until time of services on Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Disabled American Veterans or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and may be sent in care of the funeral home. Condolences to the family may be left online at

Margaret was born on Nov. 9, 1927 in Atchison, KS the daughter of Charles E. and Mary Ellen (Hicks) Williams, Sr. She graduated from Atchison High School in 1945. She was married to Brutus E. (Porkie) Sewell, Jr on Feb. 6, 1950 in Leavenworth, KS. He preceded her in death on Feb. 6, 2008. Margaret was a mother, housewife and homemaker. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, cooking, canning fresh vegetables raised in her garden, raising flowers, and was an avid reader. Margaret especially enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren

Survivors include, a daughter Susan C. (Sewell) Crosland, Kansas City, MO, three sons, Thomas C. (Deb) Sewell, Lenexa, KS, Allen K. (Jane Hansen) Sewell, Long Beach, CA, and Timothy S. Sewell, Lenexa, KS., three grandchildren Kira L. (Kyle) Spring, Olathe, KS, Tessa L. (Alex) Held, Olathe, KS, and Sterling Sewell, Lenexa, KS and four great grandchildren: Axel, Piper, and Jagger Held, and Apollo Spring. Her parents, two brothers, Charles E. and Thomas T. Williams, and two sisters, Ruth G. Godbey, and Louise Dunnuck preceded her in death.


William O. “Bill” Schaller
1943 – 2019

William O. Schaller, 75, of St. Joseph, Missouri, died March 11, 2019.

Bill was born to William H. and Kathryn L. (Broderick) Schaller on December 11, 1943, in Quincy, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, David McNew of St. Joseph; and a nephew, Brian Tannehill of Las Vegas, Nevada. Bill married the love of his life, Ilene F. (Sutton) Schaller on May 30, 1986, who survives of the home.
Other survivors include a daughter, Cindy McPhee (Larry) of St. Joseph; one grandson, Stephen McPhee (Kasshia) of Washington state; one granddaughter, Stephanie McPhee of St. Joseph; one sister, Barbara (Schaller) Martinec of Plainville, Illinois; and a brother-in-law, Gene Sutton (Andrea) of Savannah, Missouri.

Bill graduated from Central High School in 1962. While in high school, he was active in the drama department and played the lead in “Cheaper By the Dozen.” He attended Northwest Missouri University and Missouri Western State College. Bill then purchased the family business and was owner/operator of Schaller Paint & Wallpaper for over 50 years.

Bill was a long-time member of First Presbyterian Church in St. Joseph, where he served on the Board of Deacons and Elders. He was currently a member of Wyatt Park Baptist Church. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and a 50-year member of the Downtown Lions Club, also serving on that Board of Directors. Bill was a founding member of the East Bank Investment Club, a club that is still active forty-five years later.

Farewell Services 1:00 P.M. Saturday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will gather with friends 11:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Saturday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online guest book and obituary at


Jean Ann Albers
1926 – 2019

Jean Ann Albers, 92, of St. Joseph, died March 9, 2019. Jean was born October 3, 1926 in St. Joseph, to Thomas and Nellie Irene (Bally) Riley.

She was raised in St. Joseph, and graduated from Benton High School and Gard Business School. She then started working at different livestock commission offices where she met her future husband Warren. They were married September 24, 1950.

She and Warren owned and operated the National Livestock Commission. When they started their family she stayed home to raise their children.

She was a member of Journey Baptist Church, Gideon’s International Auxiliary, and the Carnegie Culture Club.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents; husband Warren Albers on November 27, 2015; brother T.C. Riley, Jr.; and a sister Lorraine Jackson.

Survivors include her children, David Albers (Gayle) of O’Fallon; Annette Leader (Ray) of St. Joseph; Gayla Lenhardt (Matt) of O’Fallon; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister’s-in-law; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

Memorial contributions to Gideon’s International or Journey Baptist Church would be appreciated.

Services will be Saturday, March 16, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Burial Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will begin Friday, March 15, 2019, after 2:00 p.m., where the family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.


Jimmy Ray Johnson
1959 – 2019

Jimmy Ray Johnson 59, of Saint Joseph, Missouri passed away Monday March 11, 2019 at Mosaic Life Care Hospital.

He was born July 21, 1959 in Irving, Texas son of Ramona & Jimmy Johnson. He married Edna on November 15, 2010 and she survives of the home. He was a Truck Driver, who enjoyed riding his Harley, and raising American Bully’s dogs, and he definitely loved his dogs.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his father, Jimmy Johnson, and brother, Eugene Michael Johnson. Survivors include: wife, Edna Johnson of the home, mother, Ramona Spillman, San Jose, CA, son, Brad (Jessica) Johnson, Wolfe City, TX, 5 grandchildren 2 great grandchildren, four step children: Victoria Carney, Jerome Carney Jr., Hali Carney, and Trevor Coffelt (Angie Dawn), several step grandchildren brother, Steven Spillman, San Martin, CA, sisters, Kathy (Michael) Rogers, Ashland, OR, and Christine Delema, San Jose, CA,.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm on Monday at the Rupp Funeral Home, he will be cremated under the care and direction of the Rupp Funeral Home following the services. Online condolence and obituary at


Charles William Parker
1923 – 2019

Charles William Parker, 95 of Highland died Sunday March 10, 2019.

Charles was born to Eugene “Spike” and Florence “Flossie” Street Parker on August 31, 1923 in Highland, Kansas not 1 ½ blocks from the home he lived in for 90 years. Charlie Bill was preceded in death by his parents, 5 sisters, two brothers, son-in-law Scott Souder, a great grand-daughter and his beloved wife of 67 years, Nadine Marie (Nickels) Parker. Survivors include sister Helen Gilmore of Highland, sons, Mike (Mari Ann) Parker of Highland, Chris (Katy) Parker of rural Stockton, Missouri and daughter Linda Ann Souder of Wildwood, Missouri, seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Charles enjoyed growing up in Highland with many friends and family and would spend hours sharing memories of those wonderful years with his family, friends and visitors. He attended Highland’s grade school, high school and spent a year at Highland Junior College before enlisting in the Army Air Corps in WW II serving in England as a bombardier/navigator in B-24 bombers. After the war he married Nadine Nickels, the love of his life, in 1956 in Indianapolis, Indiana. They soon bought the house he grew up in from his father, living there the rest of their lives. He was appointed postmaster of the Highland post office in 1946, the position he held until his retirement from the postal service. Later, he served as Highland City Clerk for seven years until forced to retire from the position the result of losing his sight from Macro-degeneration.

Charles became a member of the Highland Christian Church after his marriage and served the church as an elder and church treasurer for many years. He and Nadine enjoyed membership in the Sunday school PEP class and loved socializing with the class members at monthly class parties held at various members homes or the church. They were life-long friends with Sid Hargis, Bill Crabtree and Virgil Bauer families and spent every New Year’s Eve together for over 65 years as well as many summer vacation trips. Charles took up fishing after retirement from the post office and spent many days and nights for years on the river and pond banks of northeast Kansas with friends Chuck Miller, Dave Simmons and Leonard Blevins catching fish ( or not), swapping tales and pulling tricks on one another.

Charles was a past member and president of the USD #425 school board in Highland during the 1960’s . He was also a member of Dillon-Bales American Legion Post #358 of Highland. He was one of the founding roster of the Highland Pride organization and as the city clerk was instrumental in helping to form the organization for Highland.

He enjoyed working with his hands and remodeled their home and built and installed numerous kitchen cabinets for friends and relatives as well as his garage and famous front lawn tree-house for grandson Andy.

Visitation will be at the Highland Christian Church Friday March 15, 2019 at 10 am with the service in the church at 11 a.m. Tony French and Tom Carter will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow at the Highland Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Highland Christian Church Women’s Council or Macro-degenerative Eye Research, sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 33, 66035.

Friends may call at the funeral home after 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday.


Emilee Rose Williams
2017 – 2019

Emilee Rose Williams, one year old, passed away March 11, 2019, at Children’s Mercy Hospital.

She was born September 6, 2017 in Kansas City, MO, to Alexander and Morgan (Ballard) Williams. Emilee enjoyed watching the movie “Trolls”. She loved being read too, dancing, and music therapy.

Survivors include her parents, Alex and Morgan Williams; maternal grandfather Roger Ballard; paternal grandparents Jean and Jeff Williams; maternal great-grandmothers, Ora Lee Taylor and Rosalie Ballard; paternal great grandmother, Betty Akers; and paternal great-grandfather John Frank.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother Juanita Ballard; two maternal great-grandfathers, Jerry Taylor and William Ballard; and paternal great-grandfather Harold Akers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Children’s Mercy Hospital Ward Family Heart Center would be appreciated.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 17, 2019, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Services will follow the visitation at 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home.


Avis Yvonne Harris
1925 – 2019

CENTRALIA – Avis Yvonne Harris, 93, of Centralia, died Monday, March 11, 2019 at the Community Hospital in Onaga.

She was born June 25, 1925 the daughter of David John and Francoise Generva Swisher Ayers at Centralia, KS. She was married to Byron Lee Harris on June 25, 1946 at Westmoreland, KS. She lived most of her life in Centralia and moved back there from Wamego in 1957.

She grew up helping with the farming and animals. This developed her love for being outdoors. She loved to garden, swim and fish. She could be found outside pulling weeds or picking up sticks any day that it was nice. She taught the scouts how to swim at Nemaha Lake for many years. She was also active with the Boy Scouts and later let them use her garage to sell fireworks.

She was always an active reader and read a book about every day. She liked to play cards and was a member of several bridge groups. She also played the piano and liked working puzzles.

Survivors include daughters, Jo Ann Casebier, Topeka and Vicki Harris, Wichita; a son Byron L. Harris, Jr. (Rose Marie), Manhattan; a sister-in-law, Maxine Harris, Raytown, MO; a grandson, Brian Casebier (Libby), Topeka, two great grandchildren, Cody Casebier and Riley Brown and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Byron in 1987, and two sisters, Audrey White and Jean Griffin.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 18th at the Centralia Community Church. Inurnment will follow in the Centralia Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Monday. Memorials are suggested to the Centralia Community Church or the Eastridge Nursing Facility, and may be sent in care of the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, PO Box 312, Onaga, KS 66521.


Kenneth Allen Guy
1937 – 2019

DEATHS…ROBINSON, KS Kenneth Allen Guy Sr. born June 10, 1937 died March 11, 2019. Kenny was preceded in death by his parents Pleas and Ada Ayres Guy, 3 siblings and a granddaughter Amanda Marie.

Kenneth married Elsie Mae Miller 60 years ago on December 14, 1958.

Kenneth passed away at his home with many family and friends to say goodbye to him. Kenneth was 81 years old and had many titles on his resume of things he did. He worked at the Robinson Co-op for many year, also ran Ken’s Pool Hall. He was a Shade Tree Mechanic and a big part in Robinson Lion’s Club for 29 years. He enjoyed his family that he and Elsie had together. He enjoyed his grandkids and great grandkids and great-great grand babies more than his life and when he was told “I Love You” we all knew his answer was “Unhuh”

Their family began with Barbara and Kenny Loper of Fairhope, AL, with Bridgette, Courtney and 3 great grandkids, Kenneth Guy Jr. of Robinson, KS, Betsy and Gary Armstrong of Tulsa, OK, with Brandon, Corrine and their 2 great grandkids from St. Paul, KS. Adam Jennings of Tulsa, OK, Betsy also had Amanda who preceded Kenneth in death. Amanda had two sons Hunter and Joshuah who remains with Betsy and Gary. Gail and Samuel, Hiawatha, KS, and have 4 kids, Jeremy and Marie, Hiawatha had 3 kids and 2 Great Granddaughters. Rhonda Armstrong, Hiawatha, had 2 kids Andrew and Laura Armstrong from Robinson, Ks had 3 kids. Jase Stanton of El Dorado, KS, Scott and Paula Guy of Olathe has 3 kids. Kyle is from Olathe, and his 1 great grandchild, Jessica Guy of Robinson, Lillian Guy also of Olathe.

Kenneth and Elsie had 5 children, 12 grandkids and 2 great-great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Kenny’s life is planned for later this spring/summer.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Kenneth Guy Memorial Fund, sent in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, 124 S 7th St., Hiawatha 66434.