Tuesday, March 28, 2017

In Memory of Byron Miller

Byron Miller, long-time principal at Northeast Nodaway, farmer, hustler, puzzlemaker, and locksmith passed away earlier this month. People like him do not come around very often.

He was a constant presence in the community well after he put in his 30 years and retired as the principal. He left his mark at Northeast, where he taught the kids jump-roping tricks as they were growing up. Many folks had the theory that was instrumental in the development of all the strong teams Northeast had over the years, given that quick feet are necessary for strong defensive play.

Mr. Miller was one of the most clairvoyant human beings around; he could guess your birthday within three days. Naturally, he would guess Wednesday, which is within three days of any day of the week.

He won countless quarters (he collected quarters from all 50 states) in bets over races that he ran. He would bet that he could run a race with you. The trick was, he never said anything about winning – just that he would run the race.

And then there were the puzzles that bedeviled plenty of folks in the area. When Northwest Implement was on the east side of Maryville, he left this lockbox for people to try to open. Try as they might, nobody at the place could do it, and everyone thought he was putting one over on them. The problem with that theory was, he would come in and flick the contraption open with one twist of the hand. “Would I do something like that,” he would ask as everyone in the background was nodding their heads that he would.

Obituary -- Eldon Cordell 1926-2017

Eldon R. Cordell, 90, of Savannah, MO, and formerly of Hopkins and Sheridan, MO, passed away on Friday, March 03, 2017, at LaVerna Village Nursing Home, Savannah, MO.

Eldon was born on July 26, 1926, in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming.  The family moved to the Sheridan area in the early 1950’s, where Eldon and his family farmed most of his life.

He farmed and worked for Dr. Hardon in Bedford, IA. Later he helped his Dad farm near Sheridan.

He also drove the school bus at North Nodaway School and worked for Maryville Implement Co.

He was a mason and a 47 year member of the Xenia Lodge #50, AF & AM, Hopkins, MO

His parents were Joseph Ray and Leona Garland (Mayfield) Cordell.  They preceded him in death.  He was also preceded by 4 siblings; Irene Florea, Evelyn Brown, John D. Cordell and Elaine Wake.
On August 7, 1948, at the Nodaway County Courthouse in Maryville, Eldon was united in marriage to Norma Jean Musick.  They were married 62 years before her death in 2010.

His survivors include his son, Richard R., and wife Sue Cordell, Grain Valley, MO; his grandchildren, Amy Cordell, Kansas City, MO, and Bradley R., and wife Melinda Cordell, Savannah, MO; 2 great grandchildren, Sophia M. and Steven R. Cordell, Savannah, MO; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services and burial were at 2:00 PM, on Tuesday March 7, 2017, at the Nodaway Memorial Gardens, Maryville, MO.

The family received friends for one hour prior to services on Tuesday, at the Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home, Maryville, MO.

Memorials are suggested to the AsceraCare Hospice, 301 E. Price, Savannah, MO, or to LaVerna Village Nursing Home, 904 S. Hall Avenue, Savannah, MO 64485.

For online condolences and guest book, visit www.bramfuneralhome.com

Obituary -- Byron Miller 1932-2017

Byron N. Miller, Jr., 84, of Ravenwood, MO, passed away surrounded by his family on March 5, 2017, at Mosaic Life Care, St. Joseph, MO.

Byron was born in Ravenwood, MO, on August 29, 1932. His parents were Byron, Sr, and Zella Miller.

He was a graduate of Northeast Nodaway R-V in 1951, and later received his Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Northwest Missouri State University.

He married Marlene Miller on June 8, 1952, and they were married for 64 years.  Together they had 3 children, 4 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren.

Byron was a man of many trades. He retired as an elementary school principal at Northeast Nodaway after 30 years.  He was also a farmer and cattleman.  He was involved in the American Legion, Lions Club, 4-H, and the Beekeeper Club.  Byron had many hobbies and spent his free time enjoying bee keeping, playing tricks and riddles, knife and coin collecting.

Byron was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, sister Gwynetha, wife, Marlene, and daughter Julie Lynn.

He is survived by his 2 sons, Daniel of Ravenwood, and his children, Carl and wife Karen, of Ravenwood, and their children, Brea, Justin, Colton, Summer, and Cynthia,  his daughter, Jennifer and husband Billy Ritchie, of Grand Junction, IA, and their children, Lane and Alexis, his son, David and wife Irma of Ravenwood, MO, and their children, Kyle of Ravenwood, MO, and his son Brayden, daughter Kateline, of Ravenwood, and his beloved dog, Peanut Butter.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM, on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at the Ravenwood Methodist Church, Ravenwood, MO.  The burial followed at the Oak Lawn Cemetery, also of Ravenwood.

The family received friends from 6-8:00 PM, on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at the Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home, Maryville. MO.

For online condolences and guest book, visit www.bramfuneralhome.com

Tiger Boys Win Early Bird, Girls Place Second; Anna Gladstone Wins Three Firsts, Merrideth Spiers Posts Longest Discus Throw Since 2006

Worth County’s boys were first and the girls second at the Early Bird held Thursday. The boys won with 121 team points, followed by Mound City with 93, South Harrison 89, King City 71½, North Andrew 70, East Union 37, Stanberry 33, Winston 30, Albany 14½, Northeast Nodaway 14, Tri-County 10, North Harrison 5, and Union Star 1. The girls gave the defending state champion Mound City team a run for its money, but came up short. Mound City had 150 points, followed by Worth County with 137, Stanberry 78, King City 74, South Harrison 47, North Harrison 31, Tri-County 26, Tarkio 25, East Union 10, Albany 4, North Andrew 4, and Winston 1.

Payton Adwell was second in the 100 with a time of 14.78, .31 of a second behind Summer Beaty (South Harrison). Adwell edged out Carley Baker (Mound City) at the finish to claim the silver medal. Adwell was also second in the 200, posting a time of 29.26. She was .69 of a second behind Grace Schottel (King City), who will be one of the favorites in the 200 and 400 this year.
Kristen New was third in the 3200, posting a time of 14:29.47.

Anna Gladstone won the 100 Hurdles handily, posting a time of 17.47 and beating out Emma Gibson (Mound City) by .95 of a second. Competing in the 300 Hurdles for the first time ever, she started out in last place, but starting passing people and got up to fourth by the turn. By the time they got to the grandstand, she was in first and came home with a time of 52.91. It was shy of the honor roll, which is at 51 seconds, but it was still an impressive time for the first time competing in that event.

The 4x200 relay team of Nevada Hoff, Jessi Badell, Regan Allee, and Liz Lyle was fourth with a time of 2:03.32. Mound City ran away with that event, winning by almost five seconds. The 4x400 team of Jessi Badell, Abbi Caddenhead, Kristin New, and Regan Allee was sixth with a time of 5:14.48. The 4x800 team of Rachael Gardner, Kristin New, Sophia Obermuller, and Abbi Caddenhead was fifth with a time of 13.28.58.

The Tigers placed two in the High Jump. Liz Lyle was second with a jump of 4’10”, while Anna Gladstone was third with a jump of 4’8”.

The girls also placed two in the Pole Vault. Regan Allee was second with a vault of 8’6”, while Jessi Badell was third with a vault of 7’6”.

Anna Gladstone’s third win was in the Long Jump, where she won handily with a leap of 15’10”. That was over one foot longer than second place Abigail Rapp (King City). Liz Lyle was third with a leap of 14’6½”.

Liz Lyle posted another medal in the Triple Jump, where she was second with a jump of 31’5”.
Merrideth Spiers won the Shot Put, getting a throw of 32’10½”. She also won the Discus with a throw of 117’2”. It was not a school record, but it was the longest throw in 11 years, when Megan Walker threw it for 120 feet in Albany in 2006. April Miller (now Healy) holds the school record with a throw of 130’10”. Spiers’ throw was 23’1” ahead of the nearest competition. Kennedy Galanakis was second with a throw of 94’1”.

The girls placed two in the Javelin. Rachael Gardner was fourth with a throw of 87’1, while Kaylee McElvain was right behind her at fifth with a throw of 81’1”.

The boys won despite placing only one athlete in the running events. Daniel Craven was third in the 3200 with a time of 12:21.13.

Bryant McCord won the 110 Hurdles with a time of 17.98; he easily won the event as his next closest competitor, Aiden DeLong (North Andrew), had a time of 19.22. Tevin Cameron and Matthew Poppa (Mound City) had an epic duel in the 300 Hurdles, with Cameron’s lean at the end coming up just short; he finished second with a time of 44.26. Bryant McCord was third with a time of 46.46.

The 4x200 of Bryant McCord, Caleb Parman, Jaxon Anderson, and Tevin Cameron was second with a time of 1:41.91. The other relay team to place was the 4x800. The team of Alec Summers, Jeremy Wimer, Harley Charles, and Daniel Craven was sixth with a time of 10:46.06.

Bryant McCord was fourth in the High Jump with a jump of 5’6”.

Daniel Craven was fourth in the Pole Vault with a jump of 8 feet.

Tevin Cameron won the Long Jump handily with a leap of 20’½”. That was almost a foot ahead of second place finisher Devin Breckinridge. Caleb Parman was third with a jump of 18’11¼”.

The Tigers were 1-2 in the Triple Jump. Caleb Parman broke the 40 foot barrier with a jump of 40’2”. Ryan McClellan was second with a jump of 39’½”.

The boys placed two in the Shot Put. Drake Kinsella was second with a throw of 29’2½”, while Mason Hawk was third with a throw of 38’10”. The boys also placed two in the Discus. Drake Kinsella was third with a throw of 102’11”, while Mason Hawk was sixth with a throw of 98’2”.

Jacob New was second in the Javelin with a throw of 112’4”.


Obituary -- Wilma Moutray 1923-2017

Wilma Moutray was born August 2, 1923 in Worth County, Missouri to Wilbur and Jessie (Powers) Black. She passed away March 26, 2017 in Council Bluffs, Iowa at the age of 93.

Wilma was married to Dale Moutray. He preceded her in death. Wilma worked for Holland & Sons Oil Company as a bookkeeper. She loved people and especially kids. She enjoyed gardening and crocheting.

She was also preceded in death by daughter Sandra Moutray, parents, 3 brothers: Austin, Verlin and Willis Black; and 4 sisters: Pearl Dunlap, Gertrude Hollingsworth, Edith Cole and Mabel Krugh.
She is survived by daughter Jackie Moutray of Council Bluff, Iowa; 1 grandson; 3 great-grandchildchildren; and 2 sisters: Alice Henggler of Raytown, Missouri and Betsy Pacini of Manteca, California.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, Missouri. Interment will be in the Oxford Cemetery near Parnell, Missouri. Visitation will be from 1:00 P.M. to service time.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Worth County Sheriff's Report

–Person calls to report missing people that lived in Worth County, but residents were fine and had moved away.
–Person in to talk with officers.
–Person has horse and cow out on 46; owner notified.
–Person in to talk with officer.
–Person called to report a possible fire, but they couldn’t get a hold of the owner of property, looked into it, and notified neighbor.
–Person came in to talk with officer.

Obituary -- Ann Waldeier 1936-2017

Ann Hope (Schilling) Waldeier, 80, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at her home in Grant City, MO on March 25, 2017.

Born October 3, 1936, in Wichita, Kansas, to Leo Edward and Ina Madge Schilling, she graduated from Grant City High School in 1954 and Northwest Missouri State College with a degree in Vocational Home Economics in 1958. She taught at Martinsville, Sheridan and Grant City for 30 years. She loved to substitute teach in Grant City and Mt. Ayr, IA after her retirement in 1989.

On April 4, 1958, Ann married Don Waldeier in Maryville, MO. He survives of the home. Additional survivors include her two children: daughter, Cindy (Mark) Rackers, Jefferson City and son, Donnie Waldeier, Grant City; three grandchildren: Kellen (Morgan) Waldeier, Norwalk, IA; Kelsey Wilkinson, Orlando, FL and Drew (Kelsey) Wilkinson, Columbia, MO; and two great-grandchildren: Reegan Kay Waldeier and Leighton Ann Wilkinson. Also surviving are in-laws, Lorace (Virginia) Waldeier; Connie (Mike) Eighmy; Elaine Downing and first cousin, Rose Elaine (Schilling) Long.  
Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Ina Schilling; brothers and spouses, Dan and Don Schilling; sister, Kay Perks and brother-in-law, Leslie Norman Downing.

Services: 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 30, 2017, at Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home, Grant City, MO with burial immediately following at the Grant City Cemetery.

Visitation: 6:00-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home. Memorial contributions can be made to the Worth County Education Foundation, 510 East Avenue, Grant City, MO 64456.