Irene M. Jones

Jones,IreneIrene M. Jones, 95, of Butler, Missouri passed away Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Heartland of Willow Lane Nursing Home in Butler.  Funeral services will be 11:00 am Tuesday September 1, 2015 at the Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler, MO (660-679-0009).  Visitation will be prior to services from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the funeral home.  Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri.  Memorials are suggested to Nevada Seventh Day Adventist Church or Bates County Community Health Foundation.  Messages of condolence for the family may be left at

Irene M. (Terry) Jones was born December 28, 1919 in Rich Hill, Missouri to Joseph and Minnie (Beshore) Terry.  She graduated from Rich Hill High School in 1939.  Irene worked as a secretary during the war, and continued to work in Kansas City for many years following.  She retired from Bates County Memorial Hospital after 17 years.  Irene was a longtime member of the Nevada Seventh Day Adventist Church and the Rich Hill American Legion Auxiliary.  She was a very active person, loving to travel, taking her first plane trip late in life to Florida.  Her love to shop was very evident in the amount of clothing she kept in her closets.  Irene enjoyed people, family and friends alike.  She looked forward to her phone conversations and to working in her garden and watching the many birds.  She will be deeply missed by her loving family and dear friends.  Irene was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Earl Jones, four sisters and three brothers.  She is survived by her son Jerry Jones (Sharon) of Butler, MO, daughter Joetta Wineland (Russ) of Springfield, MO, son Lindy Barrett (Shirley) of Centerton, AR. 13 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.








Doris VanSlyke

vanslyke photoDoris A. VanSlyke, 74 of Springfield, Missouri passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2015, at The Neighborhoods of Quail Creek. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Sunday, August 30, 2015 at the Mullinax Funeral Home – Drexel Chapel (660-679-0009) in Drexel. Visitation will be prior services from 1-2 PM at the chapel. Interment will be in Sharon Cemetery near Drexel. Services also in Springfield, Missouri: Visitation will be from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Saturday August 29, 2015, at Walnut Lawn Funeral Home, with the funeral service following at 11:00 AM. Contributions are suggested to the Springfield-Greene County Library Foundation or the Cass County Public Library for the purchase of large-print books. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at

Doris was born March 7, 1941, the daughter of Orville and Dorothy Scheib. She grew up on a farm near Drexel, MO.

She married Jack D. VanSlyke September 6, 1959. She enjoyed many years helping to run the farm she and Jack purchased in 1965 located in Amsterdam, MO. In 1989, she began working as a telephone operator for Sprint where she worked until she retired in 2002. She moved to Battlefield, MO after retirement to be closer to her grandchildren.

Doris was an avid reader. She enjoyed making candy, gardening, travel, and history. She was active in church throughout her life. She was most recently a member of the First Baptist Church of Battlefield and previously was a member of the Drexel First Baptist Church and Amsterdam Baptist Church.

Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Jack, in January 1988, and two daughters, Alice in 1977 and Laura in 1989.

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Kyle Terrell of Springfield, MO; brother, O. David Scheib of Paola, KS; two grandchildren Collin Terrell and Miranda Terrell of Springfield; many extended family members; and a host of friends.

Jimmy D. Gilbreath, Sr.

In Loving MemoryJimmy D. Gilbreath, Sr., 67 of Butler, Missouri passed away August 25, 2015 at Heartland of Willow Lane in Butler. Cremation, with no services planned at this time. Arrangements under the direction of the Mullinax Funeral Home in Butler (660-679-0009). Messages of condolence for the family may be left at

Jimmy was born July 30, 1948. He was preceded in death by his parents as well as his wife, Elizabeth. He is survived by three sons: Jimmy Gilbreath, Jr., Matthew Gilbreath, and Chris Gilbreath; one brother, Lynn Gilbreath; and also leaves behind eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He will be best remembered as a person who would do anything for anybody.

Shirley Preuitt

In Loving MemoryShirley Preuitt, 89, passed away August 23, 2015 at Foxwood Springs Living Center in Raymore, Missouri. Memorial services will be 11:00 AM Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Colonial Presbyterian Church, 9500 Wornall Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64114 (816-942-3272). Visitation will be prior to services from 10-11 AM also at the church. Interment will be in Mount Moriah Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri. Contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements under the direction of the Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009). Messages of condolence for the family may be left at

Shirley Ann Preuitt was born March 28, 1926 in Kansas City, Missouri. She died Sunday, August 23 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. While the disease slowly took her mind, it could not take away her sweet and loving spirit, which was present to the end. Shirley was a favorite mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, friend and neighbor.

She was a war bride, a Rosey the riveter and a Judy Garland look-alike before she turned 21. She was a member of a church choir for more than 50 years and worked with the Girl Scouts for more than 25 years. She started painting when her youngest daughter Linda entered kindergarten.

Over the following years Shirley became a talented artist who loved to stand on the cliffs of the California coast and paint the scenes before her. She loved walks, bike rides, and family dinner on Sunday, but was probably happiest when she was down on the floor playing with her grandchildren.

Shirley leaves behind four daughters, Melody Mettes, Carol Barrow, Lori Cooney and Linda Craven, four son-in-laws, Chris Mettes, Lynn Barrow, Joe Cooney and Wes Craven, seven grandchildren Caleb, Luke and Peter Barrow, Joshua Bannon, Caroline, Wyatt and Cole Craven. She also leaves behind more than a dozen nieces, nephews and cousins, countless friends as well as long-time companion Forrest Butler. All who knew her will miss her signature smile and easy way.

Shirley knew and loved Jesus. She is now at peace and at home in heaven.

Donald “Oakie” Ghere

Ghere,Donald-picDonald D. “Oakie” Ghere, 85 of Butler, Missouri passed away August 21, 2015 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler.  Cremation, with memorial services 7:00 pm Sunday, August 23, 2015 at the Mullinax Funeral Home in Butler, Missouri(660-679-0009).  Visitation will be prior to services from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the funeral home.  Contributions are suggested to the First Christian Church, Butler, Missouri.  Messages of condolence for the family may be left at

Donald  “Oakie” Dean Ghere was born Sept. 13,1929, the son of Vernie H. Ghere  and Alice Baker Ghere in the Double branch area.  He attended several rural schools and Butler High School, graduating in 1949.  Donald was drafted into the army 1951 and had basic training at Camp Roberts, California.  He was stationed at Bad Kroisniac, Germany until 1953.  He married Geraldine (Sivils) Ghere in November 1953.  Donald drove a DX tank truck and helped his father-in-law in the Jack Sivils Sales Co.  In the early ‘60s he became an auctioneer, auctioning at the Jack Sivils Sale Company where he held numerous auctions.  In the early 70’s he started selling real estate in Bates County and continued to do so for the next 50 years.  In 1979 he attended the Missouri Cattlemens Convention and won the first  Missouri Cattlemen’s Auctioneer championship.  Later that year he was entered in the National Championship contest in Brush Colorado.

Upon the retirement from Jack Sivils he ran the Ghere Sale Co. on 71 Highway with his wife, Geraldine and his son Jayce.   Oakie has two children, Jayce D. Ghere, born in 1958 and Jacqueline Kay  Ghere Como, born in 1962. Donald was active in the Bates County Shrine Club and served as president in 1987.  Donald was also a member of the Masonic Lodge of Butler, the First Christian Church of Butler, and was an active member of the Butler Saddle Club and The Bates County fair for a number of years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Vernie and Alice Baker Ghere, his brother Warren Ghere, and his Sister Cleta Ghere York.  He is survived by his wife, Geraldine Kay Sivils Ghere; 2 children, Jayce D. Ghere and wife Annie of Butler Missouri, and a daughter Jacqueline K. Ghere Como and husband Michael Como of Leawood, Kansas. Grandchildren:  Kristin Ghere of Wichita, Ks. and Alexandra  Como of Leawood, Ks., Matthew Tindell of Springfield MO, Crechelle Swickhamer Robertson and husband Cody of Adrian Mo, and Zane Swhickhamer of Butler, MO.  1 Great grandchild, Alex Tindell of Springfield MO.

Junior A. Payne

Payne,Junior-picJunior A. Payne, 86, of Amsterdam,  MO passed away August 20, 2015 at his home in Amsterdam.  Funeral services will be 10:00 am Tuesday August 25, 2015 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler, Missouri (660-679-0009) with Pastor Eldon Allen Officiating.  There will be no visitation.  Burial will be Mulberry Cemetery, Amsterdam, Missouri.  Memorial contributions are suggested to Mulberry Cemetery or the Amsterdam Friendship Club.  Services under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home.  Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Junior was born to Adolphus and Belle Payne at home on April 27, 1929 two and a half miles away from his and Dorothy’s family farm in Amsterdam, Missouri.  He married Dorothy Pieratt on June 5, 1954 in Butler, Missouri.  Together they have five children, Paula, Jay, Dean, Jo, and Cheryl.  He was a dairy farmer and cattleman for 55 years, with 50 of those years spent operating his family farm with Dorothy and his children.  In addition to being a dairy farmer Junior raised beef cattle and farmed.   In his earlier years of life he enjoyed coon hunting, coyote hunting with wolfhounds and greyhounds every Sunday with his children and friends.  He also enjoyed taking his pulling horses to horse pulls in several states, which he won multiple awards including best driver.  In his later years Junior enjoyed his daily trips to the coffee shop and socializing at the Butler Sale Barn.  Spending time with his family was something Junior loved; especially having weiner roast.  He was preceded in death by his father Adolphus Payne, his mother Belle Payne, three brother’s Roy Payne, Floyd Payne and John Payne; two sisters Mable LaFollette and Faye Wells, and a daughter Paula Jean Payne.  Junior is survived by his wife Dorothy of the home, two sons Jay Payne and wife Charlotte of Butler, Missouri, Dean Payne of Amoret, Missouri, two daughters Jo Pippin and husband Dale of Amoret, Missouri, and Cheryl Lincoln and husband Steve of Adrian, Missouri.  9 grandchildren Kevin Coones and fiancé Honour, Jamie Loe and husband Derek, Matthew Coones, Paula Payne, Tyler Lincoln and wife Taylor, Becky Payne, Darren Pippin, Nathan Payne, and Brittaney Schrieber and fiancé Matt, 10 great grandchildren Clinton, Piper, Kenzie, & Natalie Coones, Phoebe Coones, Riley & Caleb Payne, Kaia Kyser, Avery Loe, & Bree Lincoln.  Sister in law Evelina Payne, Brother in law Phillip Pieratt and wife Etha Pearl and many nieces, nephews, and friends.








Roger D. Kaufman

In Loving MemoryRoger D. Kaufman, Sr., 68 of Drexel, Missouri passed away August 14, 2015 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.  Funeral services will be 10:00 am Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel in Drexel (660-679-0009) with Rev. Oliver Hawk officiating.  Visitation will be 6 to 8 pm Monday, August 17th also at the chapel. Burial will be in West Point Cemetery, Amsterdam, Missouri. Contributions are suggested to the family toward a memorial, or to the K.C. Honor Flight.

Roger Dean Kaufman, Sr. was born on October 7, 1946 to James and Gloria Kaufman in Kansas City, KS. He grew up on a farm outside of Drexel, MO and graduated from High School in Louisburg, KS. He then chose to enlist in the Navy when he was 17. He served four tours in Vietnam; three years as a naval advisor, and one year with navy seals in the Delta. Upon release from active duty his rank was EN3. On June 27, 1970 he married his bride Ida Wisdom, and together they had two children, Angie and Ace. Roger retired from the Carpenter/Millwright local 1529 at age 62. In his lifetime Roger had lots of hobbies: hot rods, motorcycles, and mud trucks. He was a cowboy and mechanic and could build or fix anything. He spent most of his time in the shop building the next latest and greatest things. From shopping around on Craigslist and going to and from swap meets he was able to relax and do what he loved while wondering how he would find time to do it. Though he was a man of few words, he was the most genuine and honest man anyone would love the opportunity to meet.

Roger is survived by his mother Gloria Kaufman of Drexel, MO, his wife Ida (Wisdom) Kaufman of Merwin, MO, his two children Roger Jr. “Ace” and Kim Kaufman of Amsterdam, MO, Angie Kaufman and Kirk Wright of Arlington, TX, his four grandchildren Shelley Kaufman, Eric Kaufman, Samantha Hopkins and Devan Hopkins, his brothers Brian Kaufman and Brenda of Drexel, MO, Ricky and Connie Kaufman of Drexel, MO, Bim Kaufman of Drexel, MO, his sister Mona Kaufman of Witchita Falls, TX and many other friends and family. He is preceded in death by this father James A. Kaufman Sr., his sisters Denise Burton and Sherry Page and brother Terry Kaufman.