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MALLEY, ROBERT JOSEPH - Prairie Village  
Robert "Bob" Malley passed away peacefully on Friday, January 23, 2015 at KC Hospice House surrounded by his loving family. Visitation will be at Cure' of Ars Catholic Church, Leawood, KS, at 9 a.m. on Tuesday January 27th followed by a funeral mass at 10 a.m. Burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Bob was born February 7, 1922 in Kansas City, Missouri to Henry A. and Dora F. (Grogman) Malley. He was educated by the Jesuits at St. Francis Xavier School, Rockhurst High School and Rockhurst College, all within walking distance of his boyhood home. Bob worked to help pay his way by running the Rockhurst College bookstore and assisting in the library. These jobs allowed him access to the books his inquisitive mind treasured, but allowed time for participation in intramural activities and reporting sports for the Rockhurst Sentinel. Bob was a faithful friend to his grade school and high school classmates and fellow Golden Hawks of the Rockhurst College class of 1942. He loved playing golf, volunteering and socializing with these lifelong friends. Bob studied Chemistry and Math, but also enjoyed humanities and philosophy. His Jesuit teachers trained him to think logically, to learn constantly, and to articulate his thoughts clearly and precisely, a formation that enabled him to become a successful business leader and volunteer. After earning his Chemistry degree at Rockhurst College in 1942, Bob was sent by the Army Air Force to the University of Chicago for a year to study meteorology. He spent two years in England with the "Great" 8th Air Force where he forecasted weather conditions for three fighter groups that escorted bombers over Europe. Bob completed his service with the rank of Captain. After returning from the war, he and his older brother, Henry, purchased the Deady Chemical Company which treated industrial water nationwide to clean it for further use. It was an exciting opportunity because the country was emerging from the deprivations of the war to booming expansion. Bob served as Vice President until the company was sold to Olin Water Services 30 years later. He continued as Vice President for Olin until he retired. After his retirement, Bob and Margaret enjoyed traveling extensively around the world. They loved spending time in their later years at the Lake of the Ozarks. On October 23, 1948, he married the love of his life, Mary Margaret Ormsby, at Visitation Church in Kansas City Missouri and they enjoyed 66 years together, successfully raising eight children. The most important thing to Bob was his family. He was a loving and devoted father and grandfather. He was very proud that his children graduated from the University of Kansas, resulting in him being an avid KU fan. He was a strong supporter of all of his children, 19 grandchildren and four great grandchildren and he took pride in each of their accomplishments. His memorable holiday speeches and jokes will be forever cherished and missed. Bob was very active in the Kansas City Community. He served first on the Alumni Board of Rockhurst College and then as a Senior Ambassador to help Fr. Maurice Van Ackeren represent Rockhurst to area businesses. He and his wife were longtime volunteers at St. Joseph's Hospital; he received recognition for 4,000+ volunteer hours. Bob was the founding president of Patrons of Marillac School and active in the Rotary Club as well as the Serra Club. He regularly held leadership positions in the Kansas City, KS United Way annual fund raising efforts, including serving as the Major Gifts Chair in a successful campaign. While he changed lives through these volunteer activities, his own life was touched by a speech at the Advertising and Sales Executives Club, where he was a member. An actor by the name of Ronald Reagan spoke to the club on the topic of "Waste in Government." Bob has been a Reagan booster and lifelong Republican ever since. Throughout his life, Bob continued to enjoy books and read extensively. Bob spoke often of how thrilled he was when major league sports came to his hometown - first with the arrival of the Kansas City Athletics followed by the Chiefs and then the Royals. Bob is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Henry and George, sister Mary Margaret and son Michael. He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Margaret, and by their eight children: Robert Malley, Jr., Betsy (Randy) McWhirter, Terry Malley, Susan (Jim) Eagan, Peggy Collins (the late Charlie Collins), Mary Anne (Gary) Wilson, Dennis (Nancy) Malley and Maureen (Kevin) O'Toole. Bob and Mary Margaret have been active parishioners at Cure' of Ars Catholic Church since its inception. His lifelong Catholic faith as well as commitment to his country has had a profound effect on his eight children, 19 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He looks for them to continue to maintain their faith as they exercise their duties as American citizens. His wide smile, wise advice and loving interest will be missed by all. In lieu of flowers, Bob requests memorial contributions to the Robert J. Malley Endowment Fund at Rockhurst University or Kansas City Hospice House. Condolences may be left online at www.mcgilleystatelinechapel.com . Arrangements, McGilley State Line Chapel, 12301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO 64145. M
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Published in Kansas City Star from Jan. 25 to Jan. 26, 2015
MEEKER, ROY L. - Kansas City  
Roy L. Meeker left us January 20, 2015, at the age of 93. He was born June 19, 1921, in Kansas City, Kan., to Roy (Lefty) and Gladys Meeker both of Kansas City, Kan. Roy's father was well known as a professional major league baseball pitcher during the "twenties." Roy's father died in 1929 during spring training with the Cincinnati Reds baseball team. Roy was raised by his mother and his grandparents, Lawrence and Nancy McCullough. Roy graduated from Wyandotte High School and received a BS degree from San Francisco State University. Roy also graduated from the Navy War College and Armed Forces Staff College. Roy was retained on the faculty of the Armed Forces Staff College for three years receiving the Commendation Medal. In 1942, Roy received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army Air Corps as a pilot. Roy served during WWII in Europe flying 55 combat missions in P-47's receiving the Distinguished Fly Cross and Air Medal with Four Oak Leaf Clusters. Roy made the United States Air Force as his career and subsequent duties took him to Alaska, Japan, South East Asia, Hawaii, Saudi Arabia, and numerous stateside assignments as a Fighter Squadron Commander and a Major Headquarters Staff Officer. Roy flew the P-80, F-94, F-86, and F-102. Roy retired from the USAF after 30 years. He achieved the rank of Colonel and Command Pilot and was awarded the Legion of Merit. Following retirement, Roy continued his love of flying as an Airline Transport Pilot and Instructor Pilot in Learjet, Cessna Citation, Sabreliner, and numerous other conventional aircraft. The love of his life, Bette Van Payne, of Kansas City, Kan., married Roy on July 1, 1944. She accompanied Roy during many of his assignments worldwide. After retirement, they made their home in Kansas City. Roy and Bette Van celebrated their 70th anniversary July 1, 2014. The family would like to thank Rita Sanchez and Dihan Coody for many hours of loving care. Burial is private. A reception and memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at Santa Marta Retirement Community. Condolences may be expressed at: www.porterfuneralhome.com Arr.: Porter Funeral Home & Crematory, 1835 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan., (913) 621-6400. Porter Funeral Homes and Crematory
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Published in Kansas City Star from Jan. 25 to Jan. 26, 2015
VACA, RITA A.  
Rita Vaca, 97, of KCMO, passed away Jan. 22, 2014. Prayer service will be at 10 a.m. Wed., Jan. 28, at Muehlebach Funeral Home, KCMO. Burial at Mt. Olivet. Arr.: Muehlebach Funeral Care, (816) 444-2060.
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Published in Kansas City Star on Jan. 26, 2015
WINNEY, KAREN M. - Overland Park  
Karen Marie Winney, Olathe, Kan., was welcomed into heaven Sunday, January 18, 2015. She was born in Moundridge, Kan., on May 15, 1935. Karen was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. Karen and her husband Bob founded and ran The Piano Man Music Center in Mission, Kan., from 1975 until 2006. Karen was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Robert Winney, Sr. She is survived by five children, Bob, Jr. and wife Karen of Overland Park, Kan., David and wife Yana of Colorado Springs, Colo., Kevin and wife Teresa of Belton, Mo., Kristina Bruner and husband Jodey of Venice, Fla., and Alice Ferrante and husband Stephen of Kansas City, Mo.; 14 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. She was a mother to five and a second mom, Mama K, to many. A gathering of family and friends will be 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, at Johnson County Funeral Chapel, 11200 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. A celebration of Karen's life will immediately follow at 2 p.m. also at the chapel. Interment will be in Johnson County Memorial Gardens. Fond memories and condolences for the family may be left online at www.johnsoncountychapel.com Arr.: Johnson County Funeral Chapel, (913) 451-1860. Johnson County Funeral Chapel, 913-451-1860, www.johnsoncountychapel.com
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Published in Kansas City Star from Jan. 23 to Jan. 26, 2015

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ADAMS, WILLIAM C.  
William C. Adams, 73, KCK, died Jan 17, 2015 at home. A memorial service will be held Sat. Jan 31, 2015 at 11am at Highland Park Funeral Home & Crematory, 4101 State Ave, KCK.
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Published in Kansas City Star on Jan. 25, 2015
ALLISTER, ROBERT JAMES "BOB" - Platte Woods  
ROBERT "BOB" JAMES ALLISTER Robert "Bob" James Allister, 78 of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away January 22, 2015. Bob was born December 22, 1936 to James and Mary (Oswald) Allister in Crowburg, Ks. He graduated from Arma High School. He married Judith Ann Stewart August 30, 1958 in Arcadia, KS. To this union three children were born; Joni, Susan, and James. Bob worked 37 years for Cook Paint. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and IBPAT Union. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Judith, of the home; children; Joni Hall Westpfahl, Susan O'Connor; James "Jim" Allister, two sons- in law; 6 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren and a host of family and friends. Visitation 5:00-6:00 p.m. with Service to follow at 6:00 p.m. Thu. Jan 29th at Holy Family Catholic Church, 919 NE 96th Street, Kansas City, MO 64155. Donations suggested ASPCA or shelter of your choice. Arr: Cashatt Funeral Home, 816-587-8200
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Published in Kansas City Star on Jan. 25, 2015
ARNOLD Ph.D., WILFRED N. - Kansas City  
Wilfred N Arnold, Ph.D., 78, passed away peacefully at home in Westwood Hills, Kansas on November 11, 2014. A native of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, he was born on May 29, 1936. Wilf was the eldest of five children born to Curt Arnold, a successful businessman, and Doris Rudd Arnold. He attended the Church of England high school that he later endowed with an art gallery. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Queensland, Australia. Wilf also received a Masters Degree from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York where he was also a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow. Wilf married Dr. Louise Arnold in December 1962 upon his graduation. He was always a scholar and received additional postdoctoral fellowship training at the Waite Institute at the University of Adelaide, Australia, and the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison. He was an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at Wayne State University Medical School in Detroit. Wilf joined the faculty of the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1972 where he subsequently attained the rank of Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He retired in 2011. Dr. Arnold was an individual of exceptional abilities and varied interests, a true Renaissance man. He was an award-winning athlete in swimming and track in his earlier years. Wilf was an Australian national swimming champion, especially in the breast stroke. He continued swimming and winning awards with the Masters program in the United States. Over the course of his professional career he attained national and international recognition for his work with pathogenic fungi. He was the author of numerous scientific publications, including a landmark book, Yeast Cell Envelopes: Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Ultrastructure. He was the recipient of numerous research grants, including those funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Arnold also developed an interest in the integration of the humanities and medicine. He especially pursued knowledge about the art and illness of the artist Vincent van Gogh. Wilf's seminal work, The Illness of Vincent van Gogh: Chemicals, Crises, and Creativity, is a book that has received numerous accolades as the most definitive biography on the artist. Dr. Arnold also organized an art gallery at the University of Kansas Medical Center library. He also worked at art with print making and mobile sculptures. He loved teaching and was highly regarded for his efforts from students at all levels of training and fields. He was a much sought-after invited speaker for local, national, and international presentations to lecture on a variety of subjects related to medicine, biochemistry, and art. He was a co-founder of the Da Vinci Society, an organization dedicated to the integration of science, medicine, and the humanities. Wilf received numerous honors, including distinguished scholar in residence at Sweet Briar College, numerous invited keynote lectures, editorial board memberships, and visiting professorships. Wilf was a loyal, sympathetic, and long-standing friend to his friends. He was a devoted husband to his wife, Louise, and loving father to his son, Conrad. He was a wonderful writer and a scholar in every aspect and dedicated himself to life-long learning. Dr. Arnold worked hard and strove for excellence in every thing he attempted. He will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Curt and Doris Arnold. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Louise Arnold of Westwood Hills, Kansas, son Dr. Conrad Arnold of Sacramento, California, brothers Father Martin Arnold and Allan Arnold, and sisters Allison Wagner and Margaret Barr of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. A memorial service to celebrate the life of Dr. Wilfred Arnold will be held at Diastole, the Scholars' Center on the Hospital Hill campus of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2501 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64108. For additional details, please call 913-722-1981.
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Published in Kansas City Star on Jan. 25, 2015
BAKER, SHIRLEY NELL - Independence  
Shirley Baker, 78, Independence, Mo., passed away Jan. 23, 2015. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, at Carson-Speaks Chapel. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at the chapel. Burial will be Mt. Washington Cemetery. Shirley was born Aug. 4, 1936, in La Crosse, Wis., to Irving and Louella Bjorkman. Survivors include daughter, Cindy Dennard; sons, Bill Melcher and Dennis Baker; 10 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Shirley is preceded in death by her parents, her daughter, Bonnie Mowry, son, Butch Melcher, brother, George Riesing, and sister, Sally Engel. Online condolences may be expressed at www.speakschapel.com Arr.: Carson Speaks Chapel, (816) 252-7900. Carson-Speaks Funeral Home, 1501 S. Lexington Avenue, Independence, MO 64052, 816-252-7900
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Published in Kansas City Star on Jan. 25, 2015
BEATTY Jr., HERBERT V. - Harrisonville  
Herbert Beatty, Jr., 88, Garden City, MO, passed on January 16, 2015. Herb served in the US Navy during WWII in the Philippines. A proud member of the UFCW (meat cutters) union for 30+ years. Preceded in death by his loving wife Charlene Beatty, daughter Sandra Hosterman, son Gregory Beatty, sister Ruth Keen (Harold), and brothers Richard P (Ella) and Charlie (Mary) Beatty. Survivors include son Herbert V. III (Ellen), daughter Pamela Taylor (Robert), sister Anna Marie Bowlen (Vince), seven grand-children, fourteen great grand-children and two great great grand-children. Graveside Memorial Services will be held Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Longview Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital. (Arr. Cass Co. Cremation Service, Harrisonville, MO 816-884- 6302)
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Published in Kansas City Star on Jan. 25, 2015
BIGGS, JOYCE E. - Kansas City  
Joyce E. Biggs went to her heavenly home January 16, 2015, where she joined her daughter, Deborah; brother. Frank, and parents. Genevieve and Ralph Burton. Survivors include son, Joshua; grandchildren, Patty A. and Christopher; great grandson, Dominic; brothers, David, Robert, Russell, and Tim. Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Sat., Jan. 31, at The Loretto,1111 W. 39th Street, Kansas City, Mo.
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Published in Kansas City Star on Jan. 25, 2015
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