Obituaries April 9th

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Jack Dean Hamlin
1930 – 2019

Jack Dean Hamlin, 88, died peacefully at his home Sunday, April 7, 2019, in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Jack was born November 20, 1930, in Horton, Kansas, to Raymond, Sr. and Wilma (Moore) Hamlin. He was raised in Holton, Kansas, and attended Holton High School.

Jack worked at the Hinklekemper Coca Cola Co. and Page Airways in Atchison, Kansas. In 1977, he became program director for the NECAP Community Action Center in Horton, Kansas, and later worked for Charter Medical Center in Louisville, Kentucky; Columbus, Indiana; and Lexington, Missouri, and later worked for Cedar Ridge Treatment Center in Overland Park, Kansas. Jack also served as past president of the Nat’l Assoc. of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse.
Jack was remembered by many as a great left-handed baseball pitcher. He played for the Holton Merchants and moved to Atchison in 1950 to play for the Atchison Colts.

He was united in marriage to Jackie Jane McCoole in February 1951 in Atchison. They later divorced. He was then united in marriage to Gayle Anne Hart on May 30, 1968, in Oklahoma. She survives of the home.
Jack was a past member of the St. Joseph Saints and Mustangs Booster clubs. He enjoyed solving crossword puzzles and worked on the New York Times puzzle daily.

Jack is survived by his wife, Gayle, and five children, Mitchell Hamlin, Dallas Hamlin, Ginger Hunninghake (Dick), Rene Hatcher (Jerry), and Christopher Hamlin. He has 16 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren; one sister, June Carson (Bob); many nieces and nephews; and his beloved pets, Dickens and Abby.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Raymond Hamlin, Jr., Bill Hamlin, and James Hamlin; daughter, Dana Brant; and grandson, Dallas Hamlin II.

Farewell Services 1:00 P.M. Friday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will gather with friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Thursday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Flowers are appreciated and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to the St. Kolbe-Puckett Center for Healing. Online guest book and obituary at


Diane Bach
1954 – 2019

Diane Bach, 64, Rohnert Park, California, formerly of St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2019.

She was born May 2, 1954 in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Diane was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Berle (Ramm) Hudson.

Survivors include children, Michael Myers, Billy Myers, Travis Myers and Jason Bach; 12 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; and a dear friend of hers, Muna Ghanayem; several nieces and nephews.

Online guest book and obituary at


Judith Kay Baker
1939 – 2019

Judith Kay Baker 79, of Saint Joseph, Missouri, passed away Monday, April 8, 2019 in a Saint Joseph, MO health care center.

She was born May 4, 1939 in St. Joseph, MO, daughter of the late Mary and Aubrey Bougher.

She graduated from Benton High School worked at various jobs around St. Joseph, including Hobby Lobby and Flavor Maid Donuts. She was very active with her children in their school years. She enjoyed ceramic’s and had her own ceramic shop, she also loved to travel. Judith was a member of the former Hyde Valley United Methodist.

She was preceded in death by husband, Raymond Baker, her parents, and her daughter, Gaile Miller.

Survivors include, sons, Bruce Wayne (Janelle) Baker, and Darren Keith (Leisa) Baker both of St. Joseph, MO, brother, Dennis (Carol) Bougher of Liberty, SC, sisters, Joann Graham, Lincoln, NE, and Marilyn (Jim) Moynah, Hiawatha, KS, grandchildren: Dawn Hall, Josh (Jessie) Baker, Tyler Baker, Justin (Heather) Townsend, Amber Barnett, Katie (Matt) Parsons, Felicia Miller, Brian Miller, Whitney Baker, Raychel Baker (Derek Ott) Bre Ann (Danny) Baker, great grandchildren: Carol (Jamie – fiance), Jasmine, Harper, Blaine, Kallie, Coltin, Tyson, Dane, Abby, Reily, Christine, Kaden, Hadleigh Griffin, Mason and Kaelynn, geat great granddaughter, Gracie.

Funeral services: 10:00 am, Friday, April 12, 2019 at Rupp Funeral Home, Dr. Darrell Jones officiating, The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Thursday at the Rupp Funeral Home. The Interment will be at the Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials are requested to the American Diabetes Association. Online condolence and obituary at