A fire damaged the home of Danny Atkinson east of Holden on Highway 58 after midnight Saturday morning.
Crews from Western Johnson County Fire District’s Madison and Rose Hill stations responded to the call at approximately 1:51 a.m. Saturday.  They were joined by a crew from Centerview of the Eastern District and  the Holden City Fire Department.
By the time crews had arrived, all residents of the home were outside and safe.  There were no injuries sustained in the fire.
According to David Miller, Western District fire chief, the cause of the fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal.

The Holden City Council passed a resolution at their regular February meeting last Tuesday night to hire former mayor Mike Wakeman to the position of City Consultant until May 1, 2010.
At a recent special meeting, Wakeman had been appointed to the position for 30 days or until a permanent resolution could be approved.
Because of several projects underway, the council felt it would be advantageous to the city for Wakeman to continue in the negotiations in those areas.
Wakeman will act as the administrative assistant to the mayor pro-tem Butch Shore during the tenure.  He will be the city’s purchasing agent, budget officer and will supervise the preparation of all bid specifications for services and equipment.
In the position, he will not be involved in personnel issues dealing with city employees.
In his first council meeting as the consultant, Wakeman updated the board on serveral issues.  He informed them that they would hopefully have a draft of the comprehensive plan to look at during the March meeting.  After review, they will schedule a town meeting for input from Holden citizens.
He also reported that bids for the sidewalk project would be going out as soon as April 1.  In another area, he said that he had received two proposals for the heating and air conditioning systems for City Hall and the Police Department.  Wakeman will review the proposals with the city engineer.
During a budget meeting with city department heads, the budget appeared to be $29,000 short of balancing.  Wakeman felt that amount of money could be made up by not having to pay fees to Central Dispatch for 9-1-1 service.
In another area, Bill Dryer speaking for the Holden Chamber of Commerce asked the city to draft a resolution committing their support for having the United States Air Force move the new Global Strike Command to Whiteman AFB.  The council agreed to put the resolution on next month’s agenda for a vote.
In his update to the council, mayor pro-tem Shore asked the group to “be thinking about” an offer from local businessman Jerome Heiman to donate a parcel of land at Fourth and Buffalo to the city.  Shore said that there was a creek running through the property and wants the council to consider possible uses by the city.
In other resolutions and ordinances, a bill to increase rental fees for the Hallar Building was tabled until next month for review and reworking.  In another resolution, the council agreed to continue the mutual aid agreement with the Western Johnson County Fire District.

The city of Kingsville received five bids on their new water tower project, city engineer Duane Ottemeyer told council members at their regular meeting held last Tuesday night.
“Several of them are out of the question, so we should send them back to the companies with our thanks for bidding,” said Ottemeyer.  “One from Coldwell and one from Engineering America are reasonable and I think we should contact these companies and see if we can hold onto these bids for a little while.  In my opinion, we should apply for some funds from the stimulus revolving fund.  They are looking for projects that are “shovel ready”, and we certainly qualify for that since we already received bids on the project.”
He went on to explain to the council that the new tower could be advantageous to hundreds of jobs across the street at Stahl.  He said  he feels if the city makes a legitimate case and is honest with the bidders, they will have a good chance of obtaining some grant money.
“If we decide not to move forward with the new tower, there are a couple of 10-foot tall stand pipes available; we could probably patch something together using them.  If we reject all of the bids, we might explore those tanks,” explained Ottemeyer.  “Stahl would be a part of helping us make our case as they could explain how important that water supply would be to them.”  The council suggested he speak to someone in authority at Stahl and get information on their fire protection, among other things.  Ottemeyer told the council he knew of a person who was a competent grant writer and works very reasonably.  Mayor Lloyd Stever questioned him as to the cost and was told it would be under $2,500.  After hearing all the engineer had to say, the council voted to hold the two bids for a time and wait and see if they were eligible for a grant.  Ottemeyer said he would be in touch with the council through Tony Lerda of O&M Enterprises.
Mayor Stever also questioned Ottemeyer on a warranty policy on new tanks.  Ottemeyer stated he did not know for sure but would research the question and find out for the council members.
In new business, the council heard from Tammy Aldridge concerning lighting at the ballpark.  She was inquiring about a contact person for KCP&L as she is trying to get electricity to the second field.  “We need someone to look at the existing lines and check the condition of them,” said Aldridge.  “KCP&L donated six 55-foot poles to us, but they are too short as they need to be 60 feet above the ground and buried 10 feet in the ground,” Aldridge said.  The council discussed adding extensions to the donated poles but no decisions were made.  Aldridge agreed to do some more research on the lighting at the ballpark and let the council know what she learns.
Mayor Stever asked how many poles she needed and was told four on one field and six on the second field.
In other athletic news, Aldridge told the council the league will begin using pitching machines this year for first and second grade boys and girls who play coach/pitch games.  She explained they would need to dig a trench to  put in wiring underground for the machines.  She also updated the council on the number of players the league had last year.  “We had 300 kids playing last summer,” she said.  “That’s more people than the population of this town.  We are drawing kids from neighboring towns.”  She also added they would not be raising ball fees this year.  Mayor Stever told her if anyone needed a scholarship to let the council know.
In insurance news, Rex Smarr of Mike Keith Insurance Company was in attendance at the meeting and gave the board an overview of the city’s current coverage.  He explained the fire, medical, automobile and equipment coverage as it is time for the city to renew their insurance.  Smarr noted the city’s premium was down from last year.  Mayor Stever asked about earthquake insurance and Smarr said he would get quotes on it and  let the council know.  After reviewing the coverage included in the policy, the council voted to approve renewing the insurance with Mike Keith Insurance Agency.
In old business, Mayor Stever told the council the new light on the flagpole outside has been adjusted and is now working well without blinding oncoming traffic.  Council member Pastor John McRoy also spoke to the council about obtaining a flag for inside of city hall.  The council discussed different ways of hanging a flag but no decisions were made.
In street department news, councilman Herb Brockhaus said there were no problems with the streets or sewer.  He noted they had been fortunate they hadn’t had any water leaks.  Mayor Stever questioned Brockhaus about removing some of the rock on the streets and Brockhaus recommended they leave the rock as it is on the streets.
In other new business, the council briefly discussed an ordinance dealing with golf carts or wheelchairs on the streets.  This was an area they would look into, according to councilmen.
City clerk Sherry Johnson read the minutes from last month’s meeting and explained the bills to the council.  They voted to approve the minutes and pay the bills for the month.
The regular meeting of the Kingsville City Council closed and they voted to go into executive session regarding a personnel issue.  They will reconvene next month on March 10 at 7 p.m. at city hall.

The annual honor roll breakfast was a big success, principals Lorna Warren and Angela Helms told Kingsville School Board members at their regular board meeting held last Wednesday night.
“The breakfast was held Friday, January 30,” stated Helms, elementary principal.  “Students making the “A” or “B” honor roll for the first semester were in attendance.  Ninety-five elementary students received the special breakfast.”  Warren, high school principal, reported 68 students from the high school made the honor roll.  Both principals commented the cooks did a wonderful job preparing the special meal for students and staff.
Information was given to the board about the summer school program and they voted to approve the program which will be May 27 through June 9.
Superintendent Kevin Coleman made presentations to the board on food service inspection, ITV equipment grant and cd investments at F&C Bank.
The board also voted to approve the 2009-2010 school calendar as presented.
In reports from the high school staff, Laurie Kempker said she took 16 students on a tour of the Warrensburg Area Career Center.  “The students were allowed to tour each of the programs that WACC offers and ask any questions they might have of the instructors. Several of the students had interest in attending the VoTech Center, but were not positive of the program they wanted to enter into.  The students found the tour very helpful in making the decision.  Applications were given to the students and they were due by Friday, Feb. 6,” said Kempker.
She went on to say the financial aid night had five seniors and their parents in attendance.  “The workshop consisted of an informational overview of all types of financial aid and instructions on how to fill out the FAFSA.  After the presentation, time was given for parents and their students to work on filling out the FAFSA in the computer lab.  The workshop was from 7-9 p.m.,” commented Kempker.
In other reports, Angie Love told board members the spring book fair will be held March 9-March 20.  Family Night is scheduled for March 10, according to Love.  “We will be using the money to pay for the new LCD monitors installed in the front of the library.  Collaborative lessons are abounding!  Sixth grade has visited twice this semester to work on class projects, fifth grade has come twice as well.  We are currently researching and designing ‘Trashy Fish.’  Look for these in the elementary display cases in the coming weeks.  The juniors have been working on their research papers in the media center as well.  The field trip to UCM’s library was successful, students were able to check out materials to help with their papers and had a ‘taste’ of campus life,” stated Love.
High school students of the month were Eric Brendel, August; Samantha Dennis, September; Santana Fannin, October; Samantha Lord, November; Jesse Maddux, December; and Aaron Howerton, January, according to Warren.
In other staff comments, Jennifer Carr said, “February is a  month to prepare for our instrumental contest which is March 6 at Central Methodist University in Fayette.  We have 13 students involved with solos this year.  That is 72 percent participation in solo work from the seventh-twelfth grade band.”
In the athletic director’s report Mike Bodenhamer said, “The basketball season is moving along pretty quickly and both teams are working hard to get better.  This year’s district play will be at Norborne and both teams have a shot at winning,” he said.  “Baseball is fast approaching and Coach Swartz has started pre-season conditioning.  Their first game will be March 23 at Oak Grove.  The Booster Club has agreed to buy new uniforms for the team and a big thank you goes out to them.”
In elementary reports, Helms told the board Kingsville has implemented a new club in the elementary school called the BackSnack Club.  “The club meets every Friday and has a special club meeting.  At the end of the meeting, each of the club members receives a backpack full of healthy food to take home for the weekend.  The club members return their backpacks on Monday morning.  The kids are very excited and feel extremely special.  There are 30 kids in the BackSnack Club.  The children for this club were chosen based  on certain criteria,” said Helms.  “The BackSnack program comes to us from the Harvesters program and is completely free to the school and families.  I would like to thank the parents, PTO and Harvesters for making this program a success.”
She went on to say attendance for the elementary is at 95 percent.  Warren told board members attendance in the high school is at 96.66 percent.
Names of students receiving the Optimist Award were shared with board members.
A list of upcoming school activities was also given to the board.
The regular session of the Kingsville School Board closed and the board voted to go into executive session.  The next meeting will be Wednesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. in the board room.

The Holden Math Team traveled to Sedalia January 31, ranking third overall.  The juniors swept the top student category with Amanda Ellison placing first, Amberly Ramsey, second, Michael Gober, third, and Jacob Billingsley, fourth.
Earning first place individual honors were Amanda Ellison in algebra, trigonometry, and hodge podge, Amberly Ramsey in complex numbers and word problems, and Jacob Billingsley in probability.  Those placing second were Amberly Ramsey in algebra, Spencer Shearer in geometry, Jacob Billingsley in complex numbers, and Michael Gober in word problems and hodge podge.  Third place honors went to Michael Gober in trigonometry, Harmony Frazier in calculus, Jack Hartwell in word problems, and Amanda Ellison in probability.
Students who placed in the top five included Harmony Frazier in algebra and word problems, Michael Gober in sports math, Cheyane Frizzell in complex numbers, Weston Farmer in word problems, and Jacob Billingsley in manual computations.
Placing in the top 10 were Jacob Billingsley in sports math, Weston Farmer in geometry, Spencer Shearer in word problems and manual computations, Harmony Frazier, Amberly Ramsey and Cheyane Frizzell in  manual computations and Johnathan McAninch in algebra.
The junior team and mixed team each placed first in the team competition, while the sophomore and freshman teams placed in the top five.
The Math Team’s next competition will be in Warsaw February 21.

Holden restaurant proprietor Robert Parks passed away unexpectedly last Wednesday at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City.
The 49-year-old owner of Strate’s Drive-In and Route 58 Drive Inn in Holden leaves wife Karen and three daughters, Lyndsy, Christie and Miranda.
Prior to buying Strates and 58 Drive Inn, Parks worked for the Holden R-III School District as a bus driver and bus mechanic for seven years.  He also farmed with his father for 21 years.
A member of the Magnolia Baptist Church, Parks was the music director for a number of years there.  He was also chairman of the church’s building committee.  His hobbies included singing, reading and watching TV.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at Williams Funeral Chapel in Holden with Reverand Marty Stump of Magnolia Baptist Church officiating.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Magnolia Baptist Church Building Fund or the  American Heart Association in care of the funeral home.
See complete obituary on inside pages.

The Holden Eagle’s varsity boys basketball team came within two points of having a perfect 3-0 week last week as they defeated Carrollton and Sherwood, but lost a heartbreaker to Knob Noster, 38-37.
In the loss to the Panthers on Thursday night at the HHS gym, it was the same old thing that has bedeviled the Eagles of late - poor shooting - that led to the defeat.
Holden shot only 29 percent from the floor in the loss. 
“If you would have told me before the game that we were only going to turn the ball over 11 times and out-rebounded Knob 30-27, I would have been really happy,” head Eagle coach Dale Wescott stated.  “Our shooting percentage is killing us.  I hope we can get it straightened out before the district tournament.
“We had probably our best defensive game of the season,” Coach Wescott continued.  “We only gave up 38 points and didn’t allow an offensive rebound in the entire first half.  There were a lot of things to like in the game.  We just shot poorly.”
Scoring in the game included:  Trevor Yancey, 19 points; Crosby Coleman, six points and seven rebounds; Zak Anstine, four points and six reb ounds; Bryce Evans, two points and seven rebounds; and Deron Binkley, six points and eight rebounds.
Other games and summaries from last week include:
Eagles 73 Carrollton 36 - It was a blowout from the start as the Eagles built a 53-19 halftime lead, stretched it to 71-30 by the end of the third quarter and cruised in a running-clock fourth period.
“With such a commanding lead, we held the ball out high in the fourth quarter,” Coach Wescott explained.  “they chose not to come out and challenge so we scored only two points in the final period.  We also had 19 assists in the game which is a season high.”
For a change, Holden shot well in the contest.
Scoring in the dismantling was:  Yancey, 10 points; Kyle Elkins, 11 points; Coleman, 12 points and 11 rebounds; Anstine, five points; Evans, 16 points and six rebounds; David Lerda, four points; Danny Tanksley, six points; and Binkley, eight points and seven rebounds.
Eagles 60 Sherwood 54 - It was a battle from start to finish much like always in the Holden Sherwood series.  Although the teams are not in the same conference any more, they’re rivals just the same.
Holden used a 22-point fourth quarter to outdistance the Marksmen after going into the final stanza down y four.
The Eagles took care of the ball well in the game with only seven turnovers, and also shot better from the free throw line hitting 19 of 26 from the charity stripe.  But it was the same story from the floor shooting only 35 percent in the game.
Leading the scoring for the Eagles was Evans who notched another double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds.  He was followed by Yancey who was also in double figures with 12 points and four assists.
Other stats included:  Anstine, eight points and five assists; Lerda, five points; Coleman, four points and 11 rebounds; Binkley, four points; and Tanksley, two points.
Coach Wescott’s players of the week were Yancey, offense; Binkley, defense; and Lerda, hustle.


The Holden High School girls’ varsity basketball team lost for the first time in the missouri River Valley East Conference as they were downed by Knob Noster, 53-34, in the Lady Panthers’ gymnasium Thursday night.
The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak that had included five straight league victories.  Earlier in the week, the Class 3, ninth-ranked, Lady Eagles had defeated Carrollton, 60-43, to push their season record to 14-3.
Holden, who has averaged giving up 36 points per game, fell to 37-13 by halftime in the game.  Knob Noster scored 26 points in the first quarter.
“They were unconscious from the floor,” head coach Travis Fleming lamented.  “We had held Christina Jones who is headed to Division I Western Illinois to only four points when we beat them at home.  She had 22 by halftime and 15 in the first quarter.  Their team only missed three shots in the entire first half.”
The Lady Eagles did win the second half 21-16, but it was of little consolation as they dropped to 5-1 in the MRVC East.
“It was a great atmosphere for a high school basketball game,” Coach Fleming continued.  “The stands were full and loud and the home team was on fire.  I’m very proud of my girls for not giving up. After getting behind by 17 in the first quarter we could have packed it in, but we didn’t.  We continued to battle.”
In the second half, Valerie Lambert, who was sick prior to the game, Lauren Adams and Stacey Calhoun hit some threes as the team continued to fight.
“I was especially impressed by Valerie’s effort,” Fleming added.  “She was really sick and the way she battled inspired the rest of the girls.  Our effort was great, we just ran into a buzz saw.”
Leading the way in a balanced scoring attack were the two guards Lambert and Calhoun with nine apiece.  Lambert added five assists and three steals while Calhoun also had three rebounds.  Other statistics included:  Adams, seven points; Lauren Geisler, five points and three rebounds; Calla Burden, two points; Kelsey Carver, two points and six rebounds and Kelsey Whitehead, three rebounds.
Lady Eagles 60
Carrollton 43
On Monday night, Holden finished their first time through the conference race perfect as they defeated the Lady Trojans and increased their league mark to 5-0.
All ten girls got into the scorebook as the Lady Eagles held a seven-point lead at halftime and steadily increased it throughout the game. 
“If our girls could have played defense without fouling, there’s no telling how much we would have won by,” Coach Fleming said.  “Half of their points were from the free-throw line (20 of 25).  Their two leading scorers with 31 points had only six baskets between them.”
Individually, Coach Fleming praised Carver who got six of her game-high 12 points in the first quarter, and Kelsey Holmes and Whitehead for providing big lifts off the bench.  The Lady Eagles also dominated the boards with 34 rebounds in the victory.
Statistics included:  Carver, 12 points, five rebounds and four assists; Whitehead, 11 points, three rebounds, three assists and two saves; Burden, eight points, three rebounds and two saves; Calhoun, seven points, five rebounds and four assists; Lambert, six points, three rebounds and four assists; Geisler, six points and five rebounds; Holmes, five points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals; Jenna Brockhaus, five points and three rebounds; Katie Passler, one rebound and three steals; Adams, two rebounds and two steals.
The girls will play Higginsville at home tonight (Thursday) and finish out the season on the road at Richmond and Carrollton before heading into district play March 2.
Coach Fleming’s players of the week were Lambert, offense; Calhoun, defense; and Holmes, hustle.

Sophomore Jacob Reiman will lead a team of four Holden High School wrestlers to the Missouri Class 1 State Championships to be held Wednesday through Friday at Columbia, MO.
Reiman defeated all comers to win the individual District #2 championship in his 160-pound weight class last weekend at Knob Noster High School.
Also qualifying for the state meet by virtue of their district placements were senior Zach Lavely, 171 pounds, third-place finish; and sophomores Stephen Parker, 130 pounds; and David Carter, 152 pounds.  They both finished in fourth place at districts. 



James Curtis “J.C.” Atkins, age 91, Holden, Missouri, passed away Saturday, February 14, 2009, at Country Club Care Center in Warrensburg, Missouri.
He was born June 18, 1917 in Holden the son of James Sloan and Ina (McHenry) Atkins.  He graduated from Holden High School in 1935 and lived in the Holden community until October, 2008, when he moved to Warrensburg.  On September 28, 1937 he married Ronda Lenora Doak in Higginsville, Missouri.  She preceded  him in death February 5, 2008.
Mr. Atkins was a farmer and worked for Stahl Specialty Company in Kingsville for 10 years.  He was a member and elder of First Presbyterian Church in Holden.  He had been a member of New Liberty Presbyterian Church until its closing.  J.C. also served as president of the New Liberty Cemetery Association for many years.
He leaves two sons, Larry W. Atkins, Holden, MO, and Edwin K. Atkins, Warrensburg, MO; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and his dogs, Fred and Grover.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 17, 2009, at Ben Cast & Son - Wood Funeral Home, Holden, MO with the Reverend Henry Gower officiating.
The family received friends from 7-8 p.m. Monday.
Pallbearers were Mike Doak, Lynn Gudde, Kenneth Raker, Lance Gabriel, Jason Gudde and Adam Gudde.
Honorary pallbearers were Kenneth Beaver, Bill Atchison, Gene Atchison.
Interment was in New Liberty Cemetery, Holden, MO.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Holden First Presbyterian Church.


Annabelle (How) Bradshaw was born January 30, 1922 in Kingsville, MO and departed this life on February 7, 2009 at John Knox Care Center in Lee’s Summit, Missouri at the age of 87 years and eight days.  She was a homemaker.
Annabelle was the daughter of Marion Simpson and Aleafa Carlyle Caswell How.
Annabelle spent her younger years in the Kingsville and Holden area and attended Kingsville Schools.  On January 31, 1942, she was united in marriage to Leonard Lyle Bradshaw in Clinton, Missouri and they continued to make their home in the Kingsville/Holden area until 1966 when they moved to Pleasant Hill.  Annabelle and Leonard were married more than 58 years.  After Leonard’s death on June 13, 2000, Annabelle continued to make her home in Pleasant Hill.
Annabelle was a member of the First Christian Church - Disciples of Christ of Pleasant Hill and a member of the Christian Women’s Fellowship.
Annabelle loved her church and her friends, but her greatest passion was her family.  Her children, grandchildren and great-granddaughter were truly the loves of her life. She had that rare quality of making each one feel special and loved.
Annabelle was preceded in death by her parents, Marion Simpson and Aleafa Carlyle Caswell How; her husband, Leonard L. Bradshaw; two sons, Kenneth Bradshaw and George Bradshaw; one granddaughter, Carol Larson; one great-granddaughter, Justine Larson; one son-in-law, George Brooks; two sisters, Bessie Johnson and Eula McAllister; two brothers, Frank How and Ralph How.
Annabelle is survived by one daughter, Mary Ann Brooks and fiance Steve Bokonich of Lee’s Summit, MO; two sisters, Buela Johnson of Pleasant Hill, MO and Eva Mae Johnson of Lawrence, KS; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great granddaughter; other relatives and many, many friends.
Funeral services were held Thursday, February 12, at 2 p.m. at Wallace Funeral Home with Reverend Kent Deubner officiating.  Interment was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Mike Brooks, Scott Pace, Kenneth How, Randy Roberts, Bill Smith, Kent Wilcoxon, Steve Bokonich and James Bokonich.
Arrangements were under the direction of Wallace Funeral Home.


Irmal Christine “Chris” (Childers) Brown, 70, was called home peacefully to be with the Lord on February 9, 2009 at Meadowbrook Rehabilitation Hospital in Gardner, KS.
Chris was born January 14, 1939 in Kansas City, MO, the daughter of Vernon Childers and Vera Williams Childers Duncan.  Chris was a member of Cornerstone Grace Pentecostal Church of Stilwell, KS and a former member of Grace Pentecostal Church of Blue Springs, MO.
On November 21, 1954 she married Jerry F. Brown. She was a loyal and loving wife cherished by her husband. She was a very nurturing and compassionate mother who admonished her children to put the Lord first in their lives.  “Her children arise up and call her blessed.”  She was the epitome of a virtuous woman. Chris was a homemaker who loved to garden, cook, sew, quilt and crochet. She always had time for others.  Her home was always open to those who needed a home.  She loved spending time with her family and was never too busy to share her faith.  She touched lives by showing unselfish love to every individual she met.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Sharon Bough.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Jerry, of Stanley, KS; and eight children; 19 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren: daughter, Sue Rutledge and Jeff of Edgerton, KS and their children Ben and Charles; son, Jody Brown and Laura of Edgerton and their children Andrew, Matthew and his wife Elizabeth; daughter Mary Rutledge and Raymond of Olathe, KS and their children Derrick and Lisa; daughter, Carol Polter and Gary of Overland Park, KS and their children Tiffany and Daniel; daughter Judy Williams and Roger of Edgerton and their children Jessica, Stefany and John; daughter Jerri Lynn Woods of Stanley, KS and her children Michael and Sarah; daughter Rachel Hollingshead and Charlie of Edgerton and their children Amber, Cody, CJ and Rebecca and their grandchildren, Lane and Dalton, son Jared Brown and Darlene of Edgerton, and their children Tristan and Hunter. Chris and Jerry have adopted daughters through Christian Children's Fund, Nicole Alexander and Lissie George.  She is also survived by brother Claude Childers and Paula of Lee’s Summit, MO.
Visitation was held from 6-9 p.m. Friday, February 13, 2009 at the First Baptist Church in Gardner.  Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 14, 2009 at the Mount Zion Pentecostal Church in Kingsville, MO.  Burial followed at Pisgah Cemetery, Holden, MO.
Memorial contributions may be made to Meadowbrook Rehabilitation Hospital. Condolences may be sent to www.brucefuneralhome.com.
Arrangements were under the direction of Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS.

Robert E. Parks, 49, Holden, Missouri, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, February 11, 2009, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City.
Robert was born March 29, 1959 in Warrensburg, the son of Herbert “Maurice” and Irene B. Wilson Parks.  He graduated from Holden High School and attended CMSU in Warrensburg.  He was united in marriage to Karen Marie Bohrn on August 5, 1979 at the Magnolia Baptist Church.  Robert resided in the Magnolia and Holden area for the majority of his life.  He farmed with his father for 21 years, as well as worked for the Holden School District as a bus driver and bus mechanic for seven years.  He and his wife owned and operated Strate’s Drive-Inn and Route 58 Drive-In in Holden.  His hobbies included singing, reading and watching television.  Robert was a member of Magnolia Baptist Church where he was the music director for a number of years and also chairman of the building committee.
Survivors include his wife, Karen, of the home; three daughters, Lyndsy, Christie and her fiance, Chris Naumann and Miranda, all of Holden; his parents, Maurice and Irene, of Holden; two sisters and their husbands, Regina and William Hubbs of Holden and Paula and Al Smith of Belton; two brothers and their wives, Ron and Lynn Parks of Rantoul, Kansas and Allen and Peggy Parks of Holden; his mother-in-law, Gloria White of Windsor and numerous nieces and nephews.
Robert was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Montgomery.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, February 16, 2009 at Williams Funeral Chapel in Holden with Reverend Marty Stump of Magnolia Baptist Church officiating.
Interment followed at the Holden Cemetery.
The family received friends from 4-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers were Bill Perkins, Jim Wallace, Norman Cornwell, Mark Barwick, Mike Freer, Matt Langston, J.W. Bradfield and Kevin Coleman.
Honorary pallbearers were Jim Braun, Gary Burden, Lynn Gudde, Mike Gudde, Harlan Eagleson, Gene Bilyeu, Guy Houx and Johnny Ferguson.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Magnolia Baptist Church Building Fund or the American Heart Association, in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at www.williamsfuneralchapel.net.

Norma Fern Smith, age 78, Holden, Missouri, passed away Saturday, February 14, 2009, at home.
She was born in Ohio, Missouri on August 25, 1930 the daughter of Lloyd and Fay Lydia (Underwood) Belew.  She had lived in Baltimore, Maryland and Independence, Missouri before moving to Holden 55 years ago.  On March 1, 1957, she married Jack Lindbergh Smith in Pittsville, MO.  He preceded her in death December 28, 1998.
Norma worked for Unitog Corporation for 19 years as a seamstress and later a shipping clerk.  She was a member of Holden VFW Auxiliary Post 5844.
Survivors include one son, Butch Hammond, Holden, MO; one daughter, Theresa Bryant, Holden, MO; one brother, Vernon Belew, Claremore, OK; four sisters, Doris Beatty, Windsor, MO, Peggy Ferris, Holden, MO, Mary French, Independence, MO, and Carol Greene, Haagerville, AR; three grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Jimmie Belew in 1997; and by a grandson, Tony Bryant, in 2006.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 17, 2009, at Ben Cast & Son - Wood Funeral Home, Holden, MO with Pastor Pat Kelley officiating.
Pallbearers were her nephews.
The family received friends from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday.  Interment was in Medford Cemetery, Holden, MO.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Holden Senior Center.

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