Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Parnell Woman Killed in Wreck

A Parnell woman was killed in a wreck south of Parnell Monday. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that a 2001 Chevy Tahoe driven by Virginia Burns (60) of Parnell was southbound on 46 and a 2011 Case IH Steiger driven by Marlin Meyer (71) of Ravenwood pulling a farm implement was northbound at around 5:40 am that morning. The Patrol says the farm implement being pulled by Meyer crossed the center line of the roadway and the Burns vehicle struck the farm implement. The Burns vehicle came to rest in the southbound land facing south. Meyer was not injured in the accident. Burns was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. She was taken to the Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home in Maryville.

Obituary -- Virginia Burns 1956-2017

Virginia Carol Burns, 60, of Parnell, MO, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 24, 2017.

Virginia was born on May 22, 1956, in Maryville, MO, to James Philip and Austina Faye (Calfee) Spire.  She was preceded in death by her father, her father in law Bobby Gene Burns, and her sister in law Delores Spire.

Virginia had worked the past 19 years at Kawasaki Motors in Maryville.  She was the mayor of Parnell, and active in the Ladies Auxiliary of Curry-Richardson-Sparks-Waldeier American Legion Post 528, Parnell.  She had her B.S. in Elementary Education.

On April 15, 1978, at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Parnell, Virginia was united in marriage to Terry Eugene Burns.  He survives of the home.

Other survivors include her children, Jeffery (Jennifer) Burns, Natisha Burns, Jeremy (Heather) Burns, Jarrold (Ciara) Burns, James Burns, and fiancée Autumn Fisher, all of Parnell, MO, her mother, Austina, Parnell, 6 grandchildren, Jalyn Burns, Khloe Burns, Cameron Staples, Krista Staples,
Jace Burns, and Jaxson Burns; her siblings, Twyilla (Bill) Stiens, Skidmore, MO, Paul (Gina) Spire, Graham, NC, Harold (Diana) Spire, Maryville, MO, Willis (Martha) Spire, Parnell, Ronald (Pam) Spire, Parnell; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 AM, on Friday, April 28, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Parnell, MO.  The burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Parnell, MO.

The parish and family Rosary will be at 5:30 PM, Thursday, April 27, 2017, at the church, with visitation to follow until 8:00 PM.

The Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials can be given to the family to help with expenses.

One Injured in Teen Motorcycle Wreck in Hopkins

A Hopkins teen was seriously injured in a motorcycle wreck in Hopkins Saturday afternoon. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that a 2000 Yamaha Motorcycle driven by Dalton Peve (17) was eastbound on the 600 block of East Barnard Street in Hopkins at around 3:08 pm. Peve lost control, struck a curb, and was ejected, causing him to strike a utility pole guide wire. The motorcycle came to rest off the south side of the street. Peve was not wearing a safety device at the time of the accident. He was taken by Ambulance to Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph.

One Injured in Wreck Near Maryville

A Pickering man was involved in a wreck near Maryville Friday. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported that a 2006 Toyota Highlander driven by Tiffany Moore (49) of Kansas City was stopped on 148 north of Route CC one mile north of Maryville at around 5:34 pm while traffic in front was turning left. A 2002 Dodge Intrepid driven by  Mitchell Bowers (24) of Pickering attempted to break and struck the rear of the Highlander. Moore received moderate injuries and was taken to St. Francis. Both drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.

Norma Jean Green 1931-2017

Norma Jean (Wildt) Green was born in Elm Creek, Nebraska to Hershel Hirum Wildt and Freada Joesphine Lundsford on November 5, 1931. She departed this life on April 23rd at the Bedford Nursing and Rehab Center in Bedford, Iowa surrounded by her loving family. She started school in Elm Creek, Nebraska and in 1938 her family moved to a farm near Nodaway, Iowa where she attended country school. They later moved to a farm near Blockton, Iowa where she graduated in 1950. Norma attended Northwest Missouri University in 1950-51 earning 60 hours of college credit to be a teacher. She loved teaching at Gay #8 north of Blockton 2 years and later at Nodaway Frog Pond Gay #4 country schools. Years later she was invited to a school reunion of her country school student. She was queen for a day.

On February 7, 1954 she was united in marriage to Gerald William Green and they made their home on a farm east of Athelstan, Iowa. To this union 3 children were born, Jerry, Sherry and Terry. In later years they became licensed foster parents. The door was always open and many nieces and nephews spent many summer hours at their house where there were many special memories made.

Norma loved to sew and many family members wore the clothes she made including many red cowboy shirts with white fringe. Also many cowboy shirts for parades along with assorted wedding attire and prom dresses. She passed that love on to her daughter and other young ladies by teaching sewing as a 4-H leader. She also taught cooking classes as a 4-H leader and later taught Sherry how to make her famous raspberry jam along with her crabapple and apple butter. When she started having grandchildren and great-grandchildren they received many of her homemade clothes, blankets, afghans. She loved crocheting  bead socks. Another specialty was giving home permanents. Many Sunday afternoons were spent with various family members getting perms.

When her children were older she returned to her love of helping children learn as a teachers aide and substitute teachers with the Sheridan and Worth County schools. Upon retirement she became a full-time go-fer, helping move from field to field, going for parts and taking lunches to the field. Her crocheting was the main stay in the truck as she never knew how long she would be at the field with her guys.

Norma was a member of the Blockton Christian Church.

She was preceded in death by her son Jerry; brother Robert; parents: Hershel and Freada; in-laws; Jacob and Neva Green; brothers-in-law Buddy White, Leland Loghry, Donald Green and Dick Green; sister-in-law Roberta Green.

Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband Gerald of 63 years; daughter Sherry Skinner; son Terry (Lori) Green; 6 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; brother Laverne Wildt; sisters-in-law Irene White, Evelyn Loghry, Joanne Green; brothers-in-law Junior (Marvel) Green, Norman (Barb) Green, Gordon Green, many nieces, nephews and friends.

He smile and generous ways will live in our hearts forever.


Funeral Services will be 2:00 P.M. Thursday, April 27, 2017 at the Blockton Christian Church. Interment will be in the Athelstan Cemetery near Blockton. Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 P.M. Wednesday at the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City.

Obituary -- Donna Marie Thompson 1934-2017

Donna Marie Thompson, 83, LaVerne, California died Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Pamona Valley Hospital in Pamona, California.

She was born March 4, 1934 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to John and Mary Groff.

Donna was united in marriage on June 25, 1973 to Gene Thompson. She, Gene and family moved to Baldwin Park, California in 1978 where she lived until Gene’s passing in 2007. Donna moved to Germantown, Wisconsin for 2 years, then moved back to LaVerne, California. She worked for McDonnel Douglas for 11 years and retired in 1996.

Surviving are her children: John Runke and wife Debbie of Joplin, Missouri, Steve Runke of Union Grove, Wisconsin, Bob Ratajczyk and wife Corinna of Tuscon, Arizona, Tom Ratajczyk and wife Joanne of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dan Ratajczyk of Fontana, California, Lisa Colby and husband Chris of Germantown, Wisconsin, Kerry Griego and husband Jon of LaVerne, California, 17 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents, a brother and sister, her husband Gene in 2007 and her daughter Theresa in 2002.

Donna fought a courageous battle with cancer for 2 years. She will be sadly missed by family, friends, relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 P.M. Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, Missouri. Interment in Kirk Cemetery in Allendale, Missouri. Visitation one hour prior to service.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Obituary -- Dorothy Jane Fountain 1932-2017

Dorothy was the seventh of nine children born to James and Ella (Roach) Thurman near Hatfield, MO on January 26 1932. She got her name from her two older sisters. Pearl, age 11, who was reading the book “The Wizard of Oz”, and Viola, age 6, who was learning to read the book “Dick and Jane”. She was a beautiful but shy young lady. As a teenager she was a baby sitter to nieces, nephews and various neighbors in the area. At the age of seventeen she worked at Big Smith’s Blue Jean Factory in St. Joseph, Missouri.

She was united in marriage to Kenneth Fountain on June 8, 1950 in Grant City, MO by justice of the peace, Judge Kibbe. Unto this union five children were born; Danny, Wesley, Stephen, Becky and Billy. In addition, throughout many stages of her life, she would also take care of various nieces and nephews for extended periods of time. She lived in the Northwest Missouri region most of her life.

When the three older boys were younger Kenneth worked in St. Joseph during the week.  Dorothy stayed behind on the farm where she grew a garden, raised chickens and milked cows. In addition she hunted squirrel to put meat on the table. Years later when Becky was an infant, Dorothy’s cow milking days ended when she slipped and fell while breaking ice for the cows and broke her arm. They made the decision to sell the milk cows. Eventually the family settled on the current farm in 1967.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents: James and Ella; her husband, Kenneth; son, Stephen; sisters: Pearl Morrison, Viola Knight and Maxine Burton; brothers: Archie, Paul, Marion, John and David.

Her family was everything to her. She was a loving wife, mother, aunt, mother-in-law and grandmother. She befriended almost anyone who walked through her door. Dorothy could not pass up a garage sale. She always found a spot in her home for a pretty bowl or an unusual clock. Another passion she had was cooking. No matter if it crawled, walked, flew or swam, if it could be caught she would cook it. She cooked three meals a day. Many came at dinner or supper time, knowing that they would be fed an amazing meal. In Dorothy’s home no one would go away hungry.

Her pride and joy was her grandchildren and their husbands: Karen and Adam Grimes and Lindsey and Travis Claycomb. She thought the world of her son-in-law Kirby Landes. She enjoyed the special bond and never lost touch of her former daughter-in-law Rose Hunt. She welcomed the company of daughter-in-law Jane, step-grandchildren: Scott, Ronald, Ray, Hallah and Joshua and step-great grandchildren: Nathan, Rachelle, Tyler, Tristen and Sarai, Micah and Zephaniah, and two step-great-great-grandchildren: Alivia Nicole and Amerah Rose.

Dorothy’s easy going personality made it easy to talk and confide in her. No matter what age (young or old) or nationality, when you came to Dorothy’s you got a fresh cup of coffee, wonderful meal or dessert, and usually a funny story. Although her life ended on this earth, her real life began when she met her Lord on April 22.


Funeral Services will be 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, Missouri. Interment will be in the Kirk Cemetery in Allendale, Missouri. Visitation one hour prior to service.