Sunday, May 26, 2024

Obituary - Oakley Ray Pruitt

Oakley Ray Pruitt age 94 of Peculiar, Missouri passed away peacefully on May 25, 2024 at his home in Peculiar, Missouri surrounded by his loving children.

He was born in Allendale, Kentucky on March 16, 1930 son of Carsmer M. Pruitt and Ida Belle Pruitt Walker.

On October 13, 1951 Oakley Ray was united in marriage to Louise Ann (Golubski) Pruitt at Camp Chaffie, Arkansas.t

On June 18, 1952 Ray was drafted into the United States Army and served his country in Korean War.

Oakley Ray made a career in the produce industry mainly for the Yukon Brothers in Kansas City, Missouri. With Ray’s inability to relax he spent his retirement years helping his son in the plumbing industry at the Plumbers Friend in Kansas City, Missouri.

Oakley Ray was a devoted husband and father. He enjoyed doing maintenance and upgrades to his home and acreage and raising farm animals. He loved country music, antique clocks and his 1928 Model A. He never passed up a good day of fishing. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Louise Ann Pruitt; infant son Robert Ray Pruitt; a brother Gerald Pruitt; two sisters Jeanetta Mandrell and Louise Darrah. In laws Anthony and Julia Golubski. Brother in laws Anthony Golubski Jr.; Clarence Golubski; William McMahon; Richard Darrah and Joe Mandrell. Sister in laws Ann Golubski and Barbara Golubski.

Oakley Ray is survived by four daughters and one son. Linda Strong and husband Ron of Graden City, Missouri; Darlene Ahner of Raymore, Missouri; Kathy Curtis and husband Kelly of Peculiar, Missouri; Brenda Reinholdt and husband Roger of Peculiar, Missouri and Thomas Pruitt and wife Ruby of Peculiar, Missouri. Brother in law Edward Golubski of Paola, Kansas; Sister in laws Judy Pruitt of Peculiar, Missouri; Betty McMahon of Overland Park, Kansas. The family will receive friends Thursday, May 30, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 30, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at the Dickey Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Kansas City , Missouri.

Obituary - Guy B. Stamps

Guy B. Stamps, 91, of Raymore, MO passed away on May 24, 2024, at his home. He was born February 22, 1933, in Kingston, AR to the late Jesse Stamps and Grace (Carter) Stamps.

Guy was a retired educator of 29 years, working in Cambridge, Yates Center, and Arkansas City, Kansas. In addition, Guy was proud to serve in the US Air Force, US Air Force and Army Reserves, and Army National Guard. He graduated high school from School of the Ozarks in Branson, MO. He obtained his BA from Southwestern College in Winfield, KS, and Masters from Wichita State University.

He enjoyed gardening, quilting, baking pies, antiquing, and collecting. He also had a keen knack for finding a new relative everywhere he went. But of most importance to Guy was his family. Guy was preceded in death by his sister, Kay Stamps, brothers Jay and Joe Stamps, and son-in-law Dale Galemore. He leaves his devoted wife of 69 years, Rebecca, his five children Cathy (Jim) Curl of Braman, OK, Cindy Galemore of Olathe, KS, Camy (Bob) Crank of Belton, MO, Clarissa Stamps of Hot Springs Village, AR, and Cary (Charlotte) Stamps of Rogers, AR. He also leaves a brother Jim (Doris) Stamps of Chelan, WA, and the added joys of his life, his 8 grandchildren Ryan (Rachel) Galemore, Rebecca (Michael) Maroon, Thomas (Krista) Crank, Kevin Crank, Christa (Cody) Baker, Patrick (Megan) Curl, Meridith (Quinton) Dols, and Tyler Stamps and 14 great grandchildren.

Memorial gifts may be made to Fellowship of John, Foxwood Springs, 1500 W. Foxwood Dr., Raymore, MO 64083, or College of the Ozarks Alumni Scholarship Fund, 100 Opportunity Avenue, Point Lookout, MO 65726.

The family is grateful for the care received from Missouri Palliative and Hospice Care and the dedicated staff and host of special friends at Foxwood Springs. Services will be held on Monday, May 27, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1111 W. Foxwood Drive, Raymore, MO 64083.

Deputy injured after police pursuit ends in Miami County Kansas

In the late evening of 5/25/2024, the Sheriff’s Office was made aware of a pursuit that was entering Miami County. Linn County Sheriff’s Office advised they were in pursuit of a vehicle with a driver with an active warrant.

Miami County deputies joined the pursuit that traveled mostly into the south part of Miami County and north part of Linn County. Miami County Deputies attempted to use a tire deflation device but were unsuccessful. 

The vehicle continued to flee and a Miami County Deputy attempted a Tactical Vehicle Intervention technique but the fleeing vehicle made a maneuver, got behind the patrol car crashing into the rear then crashed into the side of the patrol car before getting hung up on the push bumper.

The suspect vehicle became free and Deputies successfully deployed a tire deflation device that successfully deflated at least two tires. The suspect vehicle came to a stop.

The driver was taken into custody and subsequently booked into the Miami County Jail with multiple misdemeanor and felony charges. A Miami County Deputy was injured in the pursuit and was taken to a local area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

This event continues to be investigated by the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

Obituary - Wilma Virginia Cook

Wilma Virginia Cook, age 89, Stover, Missouri, formerly of Pleasanton, Kansas passed away Friday, May 24, 2024.  She was born on March 24, 1935 in Lockport, Louisiana the daughter of Edgar and Dorena Matherne Guidry.  She owned her own trucking company before retirement.  

She was united in marriage to Randy Goens.  He preceded her in death on September 18, 2001.  She later married Charles Cook on June 29, 2003.  Wilma was a member of the Wall St Christian Church.  She enjoyed flowers, gardening and fishing.  

She liked to going dancing.  She was also  preceded in death by her parents, two sons, Gregory and Edward Chiasson, a brother, Emile Guidry, and three sisters, Ada Aucoin, Rosemae Matherne, and Ozema Comeaux.  Wilma is survived by her husband, Charles Cook, and a grandson, Gregory Chiasson Jr.  

Funeral service will be 2 pm Wednesday, May 29, 2024 at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Mound City Chapel.  Burial will be in the Rockport Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 1 pm to service time Wednesday at the Mound City Chapel.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Golden Age Living Center.  Online condolences can be left at  

Osage Valley Electric Cooperative Power outage

Osage Valley Electric Cooperative Members around the Archie/Garden City area experiencing an outage at this time. 

Crews continue to work as quickly as possible to restore power.

Obituary - Frankie Lou Hanley

Frankie Hanley, 84 of Cleveland, Missouri passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at her home in Cleveland. Cremation with private services to be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel (816-657-4400). Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Frankie Lou Hanley was born March 22, 1940 in Waldron, Arkansas, the daughter of Harvey and Tina Scarborough Black.

Frankie lived in California until she moved to Minnesota in 1996. She loved her time on her farm in Baker, Minnesota. The friends in Minnesota and North Dakota always held a very special place in her heart. Her time in Minnesota was one part of her life that she always said she would do again. She cared for 100 animals and provided a loving and safe home for countless foster children. In 2007 she moved to Cleveland, MO. and continued to open her heart and home to foster children.

Frankie was a member of the Baker-Downer Presbyterian Church and attended services at the Stilwell Methodist Church in Stilwell, KS.

The simplest pleasures in life brought her great joy. She loved quiet times with family and friends. She enjoyed road trips across the country, especially the trips that sometimes took all of the wrong turns. One of those trips ended with her and her traveling cat, Junior stalking a moose and spending the night in a condemned tent cabin in the Grand Tetons!

Frankie also loved spending time with her friends, family, and neighbors at the dinner theatre, the Greenwood Tea Room, at POW WOWS, and prowling antique stores and thrift stores with friends and family in search of treasures and chocolate sets. She also had a love of cooking and was known for her meals that fed the soul. Her meatloaf, ribs, chicken and dumplings, potato soup, and crawfish tail soup were the best. She simply had an uncanny ability to find happiness in her daily activities. Her strength, wisdom, courage, and sense of humor were contagious and inspirational to everyone she met. Her battle with serious medical issues in recent years showed her courage in facing life’s challenges with a smile and a sense of humor.

Frankie was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, and life partner. She cared for all those around her, offering love, support, hope, and great home-cooking to everyone. She will be long missed and forever remembered.

Frankie was preceded in death by her parents and infant son John Christopher Oak. She is survived by her sons, Brian Oak and wife Sandy of Renton, WA., and David Hanley of San Jose, CA., granddaughter Shannon Hanley of San Francisco, CA., and partner Gloria Hartman of Cleveland, MO., along with her beloved yourkee, Itti Bitti

More information about the plane crash yesterday in Butler

Late breaking news on the plane crash yesterday in Butler. 

Saturday afternoon around 1pm, an unfortunate incident at the SkyDive KC drop zone at Butler airport resulted in the total loss of the jump aircraft. 

During the jump run, one of the skydivers' reserve parachutes deployed and pulled him out of the airplane, fouling the tail surfaces and causing a loss of control. 

Fortunately, everyone reacted as they were trained and all seven people aboard the turbine-powered Cessna 206 were able to successfully exit the aircraft and descend under canopy. 

The airplane crashed in a vacant field about 80 yards east of the Butler airport property. There was no fire or other property damage.

Reported by LeRoy Cook

We need storm reports

Good morning! After last night's and this morning's storms, we're looking to verify some of the warnings. If you're in or near the areas highlighted in this graphic, we'd appreciate any reports of severe weather you have.

- National Weather Service 

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