Kelly Jo Claibourn, 38, of Kansas City, MO passed away Thursday, March 26, 2009 in Kansas City, MO.
Cremation is planned with a memorial service to be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 2, 2009 at the Carson-Speaks Chapel.  The family will greet friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday evening at the chapel.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to her children’s education fund in care of Hawthorn Bank, 220 W. White Oak, Independence, MO 64050.
Kelly was born January 9, 1971 in Independence to Jerry G and Joanne (Johnson) Vance, Jr. and has been a lifelong area resident graduating from William Chrisman High School in 1989.  She was a devoted mother, sister and daughter who was fun-loving and enjoyed woodworking and crafts and had worked as an office manager for Elf Machine Shop.
She is survived by her mother, Joanne Tevis and her husband John of Kingsville, MO; her father, Jerry Vance, Jr. of Independence, MO; a son, Tyler Mullins; four daughters, Jessi Claibourn, Hannah Claibourn, Charly Claibourn and Alex Claibourn and their father, Jeff Claibourn of Sugar Creek, MO; two sisters, Kacy Vance and Lindsey Vance, both of Independence, MO; a brother, Kip Vance and his wife Amy of Independence, MO; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Online condolences may be expressed at  Arrangements are under the direction of Carson-Speaks Chapel.

Don W. Kirkpatrick, 71, died unexpectedly on march 29, 2009 at his home in Independence, MO.
Don was born January 3, 1938 in Warrensburg, MO, son of Jessamine and James C. Kirkpatrick.
Don married his high school sweetheart, Annetta Fraley, on June 23, 1956.  He is survived by his wife, Annetta; a daughter, Dee A. Yancey and husband Craig, Holden; and two sons, James K. Kirkpatrick and wife Kristy, Pleasant Hill, and Larry D. Kirkpatrick and wife Marla, Warrensburg; six grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Don attended Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, 1956-1958 and the University of Missouri School of Journalism 1959-1961 before returning to the family newspaper in Windsor.
Annetta and Don published The Windsor Review, a weekly newspaper in Windsor, Missouri, in the 1960s and published The Lamar Democrat, a daily newspaper in Lamar, MO 1972-1974. During these years he was a member of and actively involved in the Missouri Press Association.
In 1974, Don became director of advertising at The Daily Star Journal, Warrensburg, and held that position until he retired from the newspaper business in 1998.  In 1999 he began his employment with L-3 as a contract employee for the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics in Kansas City, MO and was employed there at the time of his death.
Don served on the executive board of the Missouri Baptist Convention from 1986 to 1991, during which time he served on the Word & Way Baptist newspaper committee.  He was named as a charter member of the newspaper’s board of trustees from 2001 to 2006, serving as  chairman for two years.  He returned to the board of trustees again in 2008 and was currently serving on the Word & Way Board.
Serving the Lord and being with his family were his greatest joys. He leaves a legacy of faith to his wife, family and all who knew and loved him.  He loved to work in the yard and enjoyed growing his flowers.
He was ordained a deacon in 1969 and was currently a member of Second Baptist Church, Liberty, MO.
A visitation and celebration of Don’s life will be Sunday, April 5 from 2-4 p.m. at Second Baptist Church, 303 E. Kansas, Liberty, MO.  A private family graveside service will be at Sunset Hills in Warrensburg, MO.
The family suggests memorial gifts may be made to the Word & Way, 3236 Emerald Lane, Jefferson City, MO 65109.
Online condolences may be expressed at Arrangements by Speaks Suburban Chapel, Independence, MO.


June Hammond Roberts, age 85, Raytown, MO, passed away Monday, March 23, 2009, at home.
She was born June 28, 1923 in Fairmount, MO the daughter of Arch and Laura (Hammond) Webb. She had lived in Raytown many years and worked in the electronics industry.  After 10 years of residence in John Knox Village, Lee’s Summit, she moved to Temple Heights Manor in Raytown two years ago.  She attended the Baptist Temple of Kansas City.
Surviving her passing are one daughter, Vicky Dale, Bates City, MO; and one granddaughter, Monica Dale; and her sisterhood of ladies at Temple Heights.
Cremation was under the direction of Ben Cast & Son - Wood Funeral Home, Holden, MO.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 3, at Temple Heights Manor II, 5440 Blue Ridge Cutoff (816-358-6857).

Merlin L. Von Glahn, 75, of Kingsville, formerly of Belmont, Wisconsin passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at the St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City.
Merlin LeRoy Von Glahn was born April 24, 1933 in Belmont, Wisconsin, the son of Louis and Evelyn Jones Von Glahn.  He was united in marriage to Elizabeth M. “Betty” Corlett on September 22, 1962 in Belmont, where the couple made their home.  Merlin was a truck driver by trade.  He also did carpenter work throughout the years.  He moved from Belmont to Kingsville in 2008 to be near his daughter.  He loved working jigsaw puzzles, woodworking and watching westerns.
Survivors include his daughter, Ann Sullivan and her husband, Dale of Kingsville; two grandchildren, Moriah Sullivan and Cherokee “Kea” Sullivan and her special friend, Zach Rogers of Kingsville; three brothers and their wives, Charles and Shirley Von Glahn of Belmont, Jerry and Kayrn Von Glahn, also of Belmont, and Dalen and Doris Von Glahn of Fifield, Wisconsin.  Merlin is also survived by close friends, Randy Rogers, Jeff and Sharon Rogers, Jason Rogers and Brandie Rogers, all of Kingsville, and Eric Rogers of Clinton.
He was preceded in death by both parents and his wife Betty.
Memorial services were held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2009 at Williams Funeral Chapel in Holden with Reverend S.E. Moore officiating.
The family received friends from 4:30 p.m. until service time, Friday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at

Joyce Kay Webb, 59, Pilot Point, passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2009 following a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born on September 24, 1949 in Kansas City, MO to Homer Elmer and Addie Mae (Cassidy) Frisbey.  Kay was a 1967 graduate of Lone Jack High School in Missouri.  She married Paul Webb on June 17, 1972.  Kay worked as a home health aide for Bluebonnet Home Care and had worked as a bus driver for Pilot Point Independent School District.  She also had served as a volunteer emergency medical technician with Pilot Point Ambulance Service at one time.  Kay enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, and especially enjoyed time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her mother, Addie Frisbey of Holden, MO; two sons, Dirk Webb and wife Jennifer of Denton and Doug Webb and wife Georgina of Pilot Point; and one daughter, Heather Massengale and husband Jason of Aubrey.  She is also survived by two brothers, Forrest Earl Frisbey of Kingsville, MO and Ronald Eugene Frisbey of Holden, MO and five grandchildren, Riley Webb of Denton, Preston and Parker Webb of Pilot Point and Austin and Addison Massengale of Aubrey.  Survivors also include several aunts, uncles, cousins and nephews.
Kay was preceded in death by her father, Homer Elmer Frisbey.
A funeral service, under the direction of Slay Memorial Funeral Center, was held Monday, March 30, 2009 at 10 a.m. at New Life Worship Center in Pilot Point with Jim Brown and Brandon Henderson officiating.  Burial followed in Belew Cemetery in Aubrey.  Visitation was held Sunday, March 29, 2009 from 6-8 p.m. at Slay Memorial Funeral Center in Aubrey.
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