COL. Lee R. Barnes Jr. US Army (Ret.)

James A. ‘Big Ed’ Edwards

    C    James A. “Big Ed” Edwards, 87, passed away Saturday, November 9, 2019 at his home in Gladstone, MO.  Jim was born June 14, 1932 in Rockport, MO to Archie Cornelius and Marie (Garner) Edwards.  He served his country during the Korean Conflict as a member of the U.S. Army, earning the Korean Service Medal, Bronze Service Stars, United Nations Service Medal, National Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and Good Conduct Medal.
    Jim married Phyllis Louise Vollnogel on March 23, 1953 in Iowa.  They lived in Tracy, MO and later in Kansas City.  Jim was of the Baptist faith and served in several of his churches as deacon; and was currently a member of the Nashua Baptist Church.  After receiving his education from several trade schools, Jim worked for over 30 years for TWA as a mechanic.      
    He also ran a backhoe business on the side, digging septic systems.  Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing the guitar and harmonica.  He was also an excellent woodworker, and made rocking chairs, doll highchairs, cradles, and baby beds for each of his grandchildren.  In addition, Jim created a beautiful china cabinet and gun cabinet for his home. 
    He was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter Faith Smith; his sisters Mary Hodde and Betty Carter; and an infant brother John Edwards.  Jim is survived by his wife Phyllis; 8 children James D. (Marla) Edwards, Janice (Clayton) With, John Edwards, Rose (Randy) Redenbaugh, David (Mary) Edwards, Lela (David) Harper, Sarah (David) Farmer, and Gaylene (Chandler) Smith; 25 grandchildren; 40 great grandchildren; and 3 great, great grandchildren; sisters Ruby (Ronnie) Worley, and Frances Miller; and numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and extended family. 
    A visitation will be held 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at Rollins Funeral Home in Platte City, MO.  Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, November 14, 2019 at the Northland Baptist Church—7101 NW Waukomis—K.C., MO.  Interment will follow at the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Weston, MO. 
    Memorial contributions can be given to the Nashua Baptist Church Building Fund.  Arrangements By:  Rollins Funeral Home—Platte City, MO—Ph. 816.858.2129.

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Emolyn Jeaneé White

    Colonel (Retired) Lee R. Barnes, Jr., 68, of Chuluota, Florida, passed away on October 25th, 2019.
    He was born in Holton, Kansas on December 16th, 1950 to Lee Roy and Christina Barnes. Lee received a Bachelor of Science from The US Military Academy at West Point, his MMAS from CGSC, and graduated from the Air War College.
    He was married to Ann L. Barnes on August 23rd, 1975, in Fort Carson, Colorado.
    Lee served in the US Army for 25 years retiring as a Colonel. He also had career with Northrop Grumman for 15 years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, The Kansas Kickapoo Tribe, Military Academy Association of Graduates, VFW Post 10139, A.H.O.L.T. and served as Chairman of the Camaraderie Foundation. He had a passion for his wife, family, grandkids, fishing, carpentry, golf, charity and physical work. He was a Kansas City Chiefs fan and also an avid fan of science fiction; especially Star Trek.
    He is survived by his wife, Ann, of 44 years; daughter Jessica, son Christopher (Luba); grandchildren Alexcis, Donnie, and Sasha; brother Brian Bartholomew (Carolyn); and sisters Marsha Jim, Denise Amos, DeeAnn Farnan (Patrick), and Leah Rector (Joe), as well as many aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his younger brother, Bruce and nephews Colby, Joshua and Finn.
    Visitation will be from 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Sunday, November 3rd, 2019, at Baldwin Fairchild, 501 East Mitchell Hammock Road, Oviedo, FL.
    Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, November 4th, 2019, at First United Methodist Church, 263 King Street, Oviedo, FL. Reception will follow.
Burial service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, November 4th, at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery, 5525 US-1, Mims, FL.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Lee’s honor be made to Camaraderie Foundation at:
BIOGRAPHY Lee Barnes joined the Army as an Armor Cavalry Second Lieutenant upon graduation from West Point in 1972; he retired at the rank of Colonel, in 1997. His service included duty stations in Korea, Germany and United States. He served as a tank Platoon Leader, Headquarters Company Commander, Armored Cavalry Troop Commander, and Tank Battalion Commander (concurrently serving as the Tank Regiment Commander for the Opposing Forces at the National Training Center). His staff time included battalion personnel (S1and Adjutant), logistics (S4) and operations, planning, and training (Army National Guard Advisor, Battalion XO, Brigade S3 and XO, and Division G3). His final posting was as the Chief of the Advanced Concept Office for Army Forces Command. Lee joined Mystech Associates, which joined Northrop Grumman Corporation through a series of mergers. Lee served as Subject Matter Expert, Business Area Manager, Department Director, National Account Manager, Business Development Manager, and finally, as the Corporate Lead Executive, Orlando, retiring in 2012. After retirement, he also served as a consultant for ProActive Technology.
    Lee chose to remain RETIRED, except for his volunteer activities, fishing, golfing and grand parenting.
    Lee initially volunteered in 2011, to help with the Camaraderie Foundation annual golf tournament, “Pars and Stripes Forever”. He was elected to the board of directors in January, 2013. He was elected as Programs Director in 2015, elected Vice Chair of the Board in 2017, as Chair in Jan 2018, and in Jan 2019, re-elected as Chair for an additional one-year term.

Melissa Ann Keen Shafer

Weston • Platte County • Missouri

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Melissa Ann Keen Shafer passed away Friday, October 25, 2019, from complications during surgery.
Ann was born December 30, 1951, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Wendell V. and Roberta Journey Keen.  She was a 1969 graduate of Belton High School and thereafter attended William Jewell College. Ann considered raising her sons the crowning achievement of her life.
She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Abe Shafer IV, of rural Weston, Missouri.  She was preceded in death by her mother and father and her sister, Mary.  Ann is survived by her sons, Gabriel W. (Kirsten) Richesson and Luke J. (Anita) Richesson, and Abe’s children, Abe “Quint” (Christy) Shafer V, Margaret E. “MaLiz” (Ryan) Denk; her grandchildren Elle Keen Richesson, Luther and Sunny Ann Richesson, Bette and Will Shafer, and Asher and Chloe Denk.  She is also survived by her siblings Jane (Jerry) Rice, Wendell Keen, Roberta (Jim) Harvey and Stephen (Angela) Keen, and many loving nieces and nephews.
All are welcome to a gathering of friends and family between 5:30 and 8:00 p.m. at Eventful (25180 NW County Road JJ, Weston, MO) on Saturday, November 16, 2019. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements By:  Vaughn Funeral Home—Weston, MO—Ph. 816.386.2281.

Emolyn Jeaneé White of Platte City, Missouri passed away peacefully in her beloved home on November 7, 2019.  Jeaneé had an illusive elegance and charm that made everyone she met feel loved and valued.  She was known for her grace and fried chicken, her love of parties and people.  Jeaneé was born on July 24, 1934 in St. Joseph, Missouri to Kirby and Opal (Johnson) Dallam.  Jeanee’ grew up in Taos, Missouri and graduated from Faucett High School in 1952.  Jeaneé married the love of her life, Herman White, on October 26, 1956.  The couple raised two children and devoted their lives to them and their grandchildren. Jeanee loved Platte City and was well known in the community.              Jeaneé ́ was a 50 year member of the Platte County Study Club, an avid Bridge player, in the same group for 40 years, and involved in the adult chapter of American Field Service (AFS), which led to a lifelong friendship with the family’s AFS student, Kathy, from Ecuador.  While she lived in a small town, Jeaneé wasn’t small minded.  She enjoyed traveling the world and was a voracious reader.  Jeaneé was a member of the First Baptist Church of Platte City, and a Platte County Pirate sports fan.          Jeaneé was preceded in death by her husband, Herman White, her parents, Kirby and Opal Dallam, and her brother Jerald Wayne Dallam.  Jeaneé is survived by her daughter Teresa (Doug) Gutshall and son James D. White, grandson Brandon (Meredith) Gutshall, granddaughter Tara (Jazz) Rucker, six great-grandchildren Deacon Gutshall, Grisham Gutshall, Oliver Gutshall, Derby-Blair Gutshall, Brynlynn Rucker, and Berkley Rucker.  Jeaneé is also survived by two sisters Marilyn Riichey and Sharon Roll, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, devoted caregiver, Tina Henderson, and beloved friends. 
    A visitation will be held 5:00-7:00 pm, Monday, November 11, 2019 at the First Baptist Church of Platte City, Missouri.  The memorial service will be at 10:00am Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at the church.  Burial will follow in the Platte City Cemetery. 
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Platte City or Three Rivers Hospice.  Arrangements By:  Rollins Funeral Home—Platte City, MO—Ph. 816.386.2281