Obituaries April 6th

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Jack Wayne Fennel
1927 – 2019

Jack Wayne Fennel, 91, of St. Joseph, MO, died April 4, 2019. Jack was born June 17, 1927 in Moberly, MO, to William Edward, Jr. and Thelma (Fort) Fennel.

He served his country honorably in the U.S. Navy during World War II; receiving an honorable discharge. Jack received an Bachelors of Art degree in Criminal Justice from Missouri Western State University. He worked as a conservationist for the Missouri Department of Conservation; retiring in 1991. He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge, Shrine, and American Legion.

Jack married Carole Frances Fowler on March 5, 1950, in Harrison, Arkansas. She preceded him in death on October 18, 2011. Also preceding him in death were his parents; infant son James Fennel; brother Dr. William Fennel III; and sister Jeanne Fennel.

Survivors include daughter Terrie Bentle (Dr. Larry A.); son Dr. Jack Fennel(Barbara); eleven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Jack loved anything to do with the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions to Semper Fi Foundation,, would be appreciated.

Mr. Fennel has been cremated under the direction of the Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Services will be at a later date. Inurnment will be in the Missouri Veteran’s Cemetery in Jacksonville, MO.


Clint Gerdes
1982 – 2019

Clint Gerdes, 36, passed unexpectedly at his residence in Loveland, CO, March 23, 2019. He was born June 15, 1982 in St. Joseph, MO to Ronald Gerdes and Alrita Wagner.

His father, Ronald Gerdes and sister, Kasey Gerdes Sanders proceeded him in death.

Family surviving him, mother, Alrita Wagner, St Joseph, MO, sisters, Heather (Scott) Valler, Olathe, KS, Mandy Nelson, St. Joseph, MO, Melinda (Joe) Kaska, Kansas City, MO, brothers, Nicholas Gerdes, Topeka, KS, Cory Ireland, St. Joseph, MO, Chris Ireland, Vernal, UT, nieces and nephews, Alexander Valler, Nathaniel Valler, Genevieve Valler, Olathe, KS, Tucker McCaffrey, and Lauren McCaffrey, Topeka, KS.

An 11:00 a.m. Memorial Service, Saturday, April 13, 2019 will be held in Cathedral of St. Joseph’s school gym located north side of church, 519 N 10th, St. Joseph, MO.
A memorial in Clint Gerdes’s name to help defray costs has been set up and may be sent in care of the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, 124 S. 7th St. Hiawatha, KS 66434.