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Rev. C. Howell (Howie) Bischoff Obituary


Rev. C. Howell (Howie) Bischoff

Rev. C. Howell (Howie) Bischoff entered his eternal home Wednesday, March 26th, 2014.  He was born April 17th, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois. He was called to the ministry when he was only 12 years old and later attended the Chicago Theological Seminary to prepare himself for his life’s work.  He married Wahneta Furstenberg in 1951 and they shared their lives until 2008 when she passed away. Grateful for his life are daughters, Angela Clark and Gretchen Schultz, and son, Robin Bischoff. Dawn Melody, a fourth child was a joy to the family in her short life.  Grandchildren, Amanda Walker, Andrew Clark, Ethan Schultz, Ryan Schultz, Eric Bischoff, and one great-granddaughter, Ava Walker will miss his presence in their lives.

 Howie served United Church of Christ parishes in Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas.  He and Wahneta retired in Blue Springs, Missouri in 1993. They remained active in the Ivanhoe United Church of Christ in Raytown, Missouri.  Music was an important part of Howie’s life and he sang tenor in choir for many years. 

 Throughout his life, Howie touched many lives through community service and world mission programs.  He was a Mason, provided leadership for the Mental Health Association in Kansas, was on the board of Stepping Stones, supported Cancer Action, Habitat for Humanity, the Heifer Project and many other charities.

His life will be celebrated with a memorial service at 10:00 am Monday, April 7th at Ivanhoe United Church of Christ, 6512 Woodson Road, Raytown, Missouri, 64133.  Graveside services will be at 2:00 pm the following day, Tuesday, April 8th at the Highland Cemetery in Junction City, Kansas. Memorial contributions to the mission programs of the United Church of Christ would be greatly appreciated.


Former Raytown Alderman Warren Olson passes away

Warren John Olson, 89, of Raytown, MO passed away Dec. 4, 2013. Visitation 6-8pm Mon., Dec. 9, 2013 at the McGilley & Sheil Chapel with rosary recited at 7:30pm. Mass of Christian burial 10am Tues. at our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 7009 Blue Ridge, Raytown, MO with interment following in Floral Hills Cemetery. 

Warren was born in Minneapolis, MN on June 10, 1924. He served in the Army from 1943-1945 and is a WWII Veteran. After his service he moved to the Kansas City area where he met his future wife Joan Lamberson. They were married October 21, 1950 & together raised their six children. They moved to Raytown in the early 1950s where he was the Alderman for Raytown as well as a Founding Member of Brooking Township. Warren was active in the DAV, VFW, Boy Scout Troop 283 & Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. He started his career as a milkman with Country Club Dairy, delivering milk door to door and retired after 32 years. He was a member of Teamster 41. 

Warren was preceded in death by his parents & a grandson, John Bennett Greenwell II. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Joan; children, Kathryn Greenwell (John), Patricia Roney (Jack), Bridget Olson, Rita Olson-Stawicki, Warren G. Olson & Theresa Van Baale (Kirk) and grandchildren, Sarah Greenwell & Warren R. Olson. 

Warren’s family would like to thank the staff of the KC Veteran Hospital, Veterans Home of Cameron, MO, VA Home & Health and Sister Ann. Warren was himself & was never to be outspoken in Raytown. Heaven has gained one hell of an angel. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorial contributions to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. Online condolences to www.mcgilleysheil.com. Arr: McGilley & Sheil Chapel, 11924 E. 47th St., KCMO 64133.

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Warren Olson with his wife Joan at a chili fundraiser for Mayor Bower

Former Raytown Alderman Melinda Kay Bunyard passed away Thursday

Melinda Kay Bunyard, age 61 of Blue Springs, passed away June 6, 2013. Visitation Monday, June 10 at 11AM with funeral at 12PM at Floral Hills Funeral Home, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd, KCMO. Burial to follow at Floral Hills East Memorial Gardens, Lee’s Summit. Melinda was born Jan. 31, 1952 in KCMO. She was a beloved wife & best friend of 42 years, mother of 2, lawyer, alderman, & inspiration to many. She is survived by husband James Patrick Bunyard; daughter Cali Elizabeth (Bart) Odom; son James Ryan (Mijeong) Bunyard; grandchildren Rylie, Lilian, Corbin, & Jocelyn; and sisters Jamie Hunnicutt & Lisa Peck.

Condolences for the family may be left at www.floralhillsfuneralhome.com. (Arrangements by DW Newcomer’s Sons Floral Hills Funeral Home, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd, KCMO, 816- 353-1218) D. W. Newcomer’s Sons Funeral Homes, Cemeteries, Crematories 816-353-1218 

Melinda was an Alderman for Ward 3 in the 1990′s. She helped form the Council on Aging and was the first chairperson of that council. She was know for having a quick mind and a good sense of humor.

She will be missed.

Iris Miller passes away

Iris Miller was involved in making Raytown a better place to live.  Her work as Shepherd’s Center of Raytown Executive Director was one of the ways she made a difference in many people’s lives.

Here is a video of Iris addressing the Raytown Board of Aldermen

Memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 7th–2:00 @ Blue Ridge United Methodist Church–5055 Blue Ridge Blvd.–Raytown, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers–donations can be made to The University of Kansas Hospital Cancer Center and/or Blue Ridge United Methodist Church and/or Shepherd’s Center of Raytown.

Barry L. Clemons passes away

Barry L. Clemons passed away last week. Mr. Clemons has been in a coma since his truck was struck by a trailer on K-10 in January near De Soto, Kansas. The trailer broke loose from an eastbound vehicle and struck Mr. Clemons westbound truck.

For more on this click HERE for a LJWorld.com article

RaytownOnline.com previous article on the accident http://raytownonline.com/2011/raytown-man-injured-in-highway-accident/

Ellen Boecker passes away on Sept. 19th

Ellen F. (Ditsch) Boecker, 73, of Raytown, MO passed away September 19, 2011. Visitation will be from 6 – 8 PM Friday, September 23rd at McGilley & Sheil Chapel. Rosary will begin at 9:30 AM Saturday, September 24th, followed by the funeral Mass at 10:00 AM at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 8812 E. Gregory, Raytown, MO. Inurnment to follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Ellen leaves behind her husband, Paul, & 2 children, Jim Boecker of Menomonie, WI and Anna Yates of Chesterfield, MO along with 5 grandchildren & many friends. Ellen held various part-time jobs while raising her children & worked full time for 16 years at Rediscover.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society & will be directed to research of cholangiocarcinoma. Condolences may be left at www.mcgilleysheil.com

Raytown has lost a very good person who worked hard for the community. She had a pleasant nature and had the ability to get people of differing views to talk to each other, instead of yelling at each other. That is a rare skill.

“The deep pain that is felt at the death of every friendly soul arises from the feeling that there is in every individual something which is inexpressible, peculiar to him alone, and is, therefore, absolutely and irretrievably lost”.  ~Arthur Schopenhauer


Metro Area Civil Rights Pioneer Passes On

 William (Bill) Carson Passes On

Mr. Carson worked for NAACP progressive values for decades, in many cases, long before the rest of the country had adopted these values. He was a lifetime member of the NAACP. He was a groundbreaker in the community. He was the first African American probation officer in Kansas City and one of the early leaders of Freedom Inc.

Mr. Carson worked hard for the NAACP and the community at many levels, from community organizing to regional organizing, from local issues to national issues.

He will be missed.

Bill addressing the 2000 Missouri State Democratic Convention

Visitation will be at 9:00am, Friday Sept. 9th at the Second Baptist Church located at 39th Street and Monroe on the North West corner. The funeral will follow at 11:00am and burial will be at Leavenworth Kansas on Monday.

The video was taken from a longer video covering a fundraiser in Feb. of 2008. The posted version had to be changed, as ever a gentleman, Bill insisted I also identify his friend Opal Cushon in the clip.