Obituaries May 15th

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Scarlett Jane Meng
2019 – 2019

Troy, Kansas Scarlett Jane Meng was born May 7, 2019 to Jared and Katie (Smith) Meng and passed away Saturday, May 11, 2019.

She was preceded in death by her uncle Jake Meng and great-grandparents.

Scarlett is survived by her parents, Jared & Katie Meng; Maternal grandparents, Sherman & Mary Jane Smith; Paternal grandparents, Norman & Julie Meng; 2 great-grandmothers; Numerous aunts, uncles & cousins.

Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Thursday, May 16, 2019 at the Troy Christian Church in Troy, Kansas. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to service at the church. Friends may call after 9 A.M. Wednesday at the Harman-Rohde Funeral Home in Troy, Kansas.

Memorials: Scarlett Jane “Letty” Meng Memorial Fund.


Ronald Ray Jennings
1953 – 2019

Ronald Ray Jennings, 65, of Atchison, KS, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 3, 2019 at the Atchison Hospital, Atchison, KS.

Ronald was born September 25, 1953 in Frankford, MO, the son of Darrell and Rosie (Lynn) Jennings. He held several job positions throughout the years. Ronald was a member of the First Baptist Church and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was an avid football fan, loved the Kansas City Chiefs, as well as family and friends. Ronald married Hazel Shade on April 26, 1974.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Hazel survives of the home. Additional survivors include a son, Derek Jennings of the home, a daughter Lisa and Kenneth Kantner, Shawnee, KS, two brothers, Marvin and Barbara, Frankford, MO, Larry Jennings, Marion, IA, three sisters, Julie and James Dawson, Kansas City, MO, Mary Ann and Mark Sibbing, Quincy, IL, Carol and Tony Fink, Prescott, WA three grandchildren, Julianna, Gabriella, Kaia.

Ronald has been cremated under the direction of the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home, Atchison, KS. The family will have a memorial service at 11:00 AM, Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the Adiel Baptist Church 1032 Hwy C, Frankford, MO. Burial will follow at the Fairview Cemetery, Frankford, MO. The family will receive friends from 9:00 am until 11:00 am Saturday, at the church. Memorials are suggested to help with final expense and may be sent in care of the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home, 800 Kansas Ave, Atchison KS. Online condolences may be left at


Donna Lee (Calvert) Stroud
1942 – 2019

Donna Lee (Calvert) Stroud, 76, St. Joseph, Missouri, went to her Heavenly home Saturday, May 11, 2019 surrounded by her loving family.

She was born November 2, 1942 in Chillicothe, Missouri. Donna married the love her her life and best friend Wayne G. Stroud, Sr. March 23, 1961. He survives of the home. They just celebrated 58 years of marriage.
She was an active member of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church. Donna was a business owner and operator of Money on Time Payday Loans. She loved our Lord, and loved to share his great news with everyone who would listen. Donna enjoyed family time, loved to smile, had a heart of gold and never met a stranger. While we will miss her here on earth, her soul is with Jesus and is free at last.

She was preceded in death by her mother Alice (Saale) Joswick in 2007; numerous aunts and uncles.

Additional survivors include children, Wayne “Bud” Stroud, Jr. (Tara), Robert “Bob” Stroud (Jerri), Janet Christopher (Randy); 4 grandchildren, Kayce Geeting (Talon), Dustin Nauman (Shannon), Shawn and Kaylie; uncle David Saale, Iowa; numerous great-grandchildren and cousins; and her two loyal Boston Terrier bulldogs, Jody and Fancy

Natural Farewell under the direction of Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. At Donna’s request, there will be no funeral or visitation. In honor of her love of animals and in lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Friends of the Animal Shelter. Online guest book and obituary at


Lewis “Ray” Allen
1943 – 2019

Lewis “Ray” Allen, 75, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Sunday, May 12, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospice House.
He was born June 22, 1943.

Ray worked for Mead Products for 39 years before retiring. He was a proud member of the union for 54 years and the Business Agent for Local #29 for 13 years. Ray was a humanitarian, served on several committees, volunteered, and was very active in the community.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Elnora (Beal) Allen.
Survivors include his daughter, Amanda Switzer (Brian); longtime companion, Beth Evans; friend and former wife, Vicki Allen, and numerous close friends.

Farewell Services 3:00 P.M. Friday, May 17, 2019, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will gather with friends 5:00 to 7:00 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 Buchanan County Democrats.


Mabel A. Murphy
1924 – 2019

Mabel A. Murphy, 95, of St. Joseph, died May 10, 2019. Mabel was born January 27, 1924 in Perry, MO, to Joseph and Bessie (Blanssett) Murphy.

Prior to retirement in 1981, she was a cook at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School for 23 years. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in St. Joseph, and had previously been a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Keller, TX. Mabel enjoyed cooking, music, dancing, watching TV, playing cards and spending time with family. She was preceded in death by her parents and by a longtime friend and companion Fred J. Waris on November 26, 2009.

Survivors include a niece Julie Waris Douglas and three nephews Doug Waris, Gregg Waris, and Bob Waris; great nephews Sam and Jake Waris, Noah and Luke Douglas, other relatives and friends.

Private services and burial will be held at a later date.


Dorothy E. “Dottie” Keller
1926 – 2019

Dorothy Ellen Keller, 92, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Monday, May 13, 2019.

She was born on June 27, 1926 in Bowling Green, Missouri to Otto and Francis Ingwersen. Dottie married John Keller on September 3, 1946, they were married for 53 years before his death in 1999. She was a loving wife and mother, and always made those around her feel special and loved. Dottie grew up in Montgomery City, Missouri where her family owned numerous businesses. She also attended the University of Missouri, Washington University, and Missouri Western, where she majored in Art and Art Education. She was an avid artist, especially skilled at creating watercolor paintings, and interior design. She worked at Colony House and JCPenney as a decorator. Dottie was a faithful and active member of the First Presbyterian Church in St. Joseph, Missouri. She served on numerous committees, was a Deacon twice, and a devoted member of the choir for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and infant son Dana Brian Keller.

Survivors include Tom (Sue) Keller, Brad (Maribeth) Keller, Diane (Tom) Wanserski, Debbie (Joe) Mahoney, and daughter-in-law Debbie Keller, along with nine grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

Farewell Services 10:00 A.M. Friday, May 24th, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment at Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will gather with friends 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Thursday, May 23rd, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Flowers are appreciated and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or First Presbyterian Church. Online guest book and obituary at


Charles Frederick Mueller
1939 – 2019

Charles Frederick Mueller, 79, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Monday, May 13, 2019.

He was born August 24, 1939 to Austin F. and Imogene Mueller. Charles married Vickie Sparks on October 12, 1963 and were married for 56 years. He was a machinist at Goetz Brewing for 20 years, after they closed he became an engineer at Heartland Hospital, retiring in 2005.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and father-in-law Clarence W. (Bud) Sparks.

Survivors include his wife; Vickie, son; Chaun Mueller, President of Chaun’s Catering Inc, mother-in-law; Betty Sparks, sister-in-law; Karen (Susie) Stracener, niece; Tami Stracener (Sherry Tatom), great nephews; Boston (Jordan) Archer, Brayden (Samantha) Archer, great niece; Megan (Josh) Mitchell, great-great newphews; Kyetin, Zyler, Silas, great-great nieces; Braylin, Gracelyn.

Farewell Services 3:00 P.M. Thursday, May 16th, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will gather with friends 5:00 to 9:00 P.M. Wednesday, May 15th, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. In lieu of flowers, Charles has requested donations be made to Chaun’s Catering, Inc. for a future memorial banquet facility. Donations may be made at any Nodaway Valley Bank. Online guest book and obituary at