Pauline Van Natta Zeigler


In Loving MemoryJanet Pauline (Lee) Van Natta Zeigler, 79 of Clinton, Missouri passed away February 28, 2015 at Golden Living Westwood in Clinton. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at the Mullinax Funeral Home – Drexel Chapel (660) 679-0009. Visitation will be prior to services from 10-11 at the chapel. Burial will be in Sharon Cemetery near Drexel. Contributions are suggested to Children’s Mercy Hospital. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at

Pauline was born June 28, 1935 in Duke, Missouri, daughter of Joseph Leslie and Martha Anna (Robbins) Lee. She attended Blooming Rose High School. She met and later married Donald Van Natta at Fort Leonard Wood. They were married until his death at the age of 39. She continued running the Drexel Meat Locker which they had purchased prior to his death. She waitressed for many years at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant in Harrisonville.

Pauline moved to Illinois to live with her sister Bess, where she worked at the Oregon Aire as a waitress. That is where she met and later married Robert Zeigler, and they were married for nearly 20 years until his death. Then she moved to Clinton, Missouri where she resided until her death.

She was preceded in death by husband Donald Van Natta; father Leslie Lee, mother Anna Lee, sister Maxine Dougan, brother Robert Lee, and husband Robert Zeigler. She is survived by her son Rick Van Natta and wife Kathy; brothers Russell Lee and wife Mabel, Harvey Lee and wife Ruth, and Ray Lee and wife Helen; sister Bess Brantner and husband Steve; grandsons Mike Van Natta and wife Kari, and Donny Van Natta and wife Cindy; great-grandchildren Sophia, Abigail, and Tyler Van Natta; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.


Basil Ann Gammon Russell

In Loving MemoryBasil Ann Gammon Russell, 54, of Drexel, Missouri passed away February 25th at her home in Drexel.  Memorial services will be 2:00 pm Saturday, February 28th at South Fork Baptist Church with Rev. Steve Bartholomew officiating.  A visitation will be held prior to the service from 1:30 to 2:00 pm also at the church.  Contributions are suggested to Heartland Hospice or South Fork Baptist Church.  Messages of condolence may left for the family at

Basil Ann (Gammon) Russell went to heaven February 25, 2015 after a short but determined fight against pancreatic cancer.  She died at the home of her mother, in Drexel, MO.

Growing up in Drexel, she was surrounded and loved by many friends and family.  She later moved to Michigan where she gained even more friends.

She accepted Jesus as her Savior at age 10.  Being a Christian, she was looking forward to Heaven and the reunion with loved ones gone on before, even though she was sad and didn’t want to leave her children and family here.

She was a kind and generous woman who left a trail of warmth and love in all the hearts she touched.  She loved to cook and read and share recipes.

Friends commented on her sweet smile even in the last days when she was so sick.

She is survived by her children, Alisha (Larry), their children Sillar and Esrom; Arkansas;  Angela (Hamid), their children Alexus and Benjamin, Colorado; and Ray (Krislynn) and their daughter, Athena, Michigan;  her mother, Corky Gammon and brother Brian (Tanya), Drexel and children Samantha, Callie and Sara; many other family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Calvin Gammon and a grandson, Lance.




Dr. Robert L. “Rob” Hatten


In Loving Memory(Cremation) Memorial services for Dr. Rob Hatten will be 2:00 PM Sunday, March 1, 2015 at the Butler Presbyterian Church in Butler, Missouri with Rev. Mari Lyn Jones officiating and Rose Ceremony following the service. Visitation will be prior to services from 1-2 PM at the church. The family requests no flowers, but suggests contributions be made to the Butler Public Library, and will be received at the service. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at

Dr. Robert Lynn Hatten, age 65, of Butler, Missouri passed away on February 25th, 2015. He was born on May 24th, 1949 in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Lillie and the late Dr. Robert G. Hatten. The small family moved to Butler when he was two weeks old. He was a graduate of Butler High School and the Cleveland Chiropractic College, serving patients across Bates County and beyond for over 39 years.

“Dr. Rob” loved to work with his hands. He was a healer to his patients, always putting others’ needs first. That same spirit spread to his love of the local community. He served as Chairman of the Butler Planning Commission, President of the Butler Lions Club, and participated in numerous community and fraternal organizations including the Butler Masonic Lodge and Ararat Shrine, in addition to serving state and national chiropractic boards.

His favorite times were spent with family. On his days off he could be found outdoors golfing, fishing, and working on various DIY projects including building golf clubs. His favorite place was out at “the farm,” working around and fixing up the cottage, and checking his traps to see if he caught the latest pesky otter burrowing in the earthen dam at the pond.

Rob is survived by his mother, Lillie; his wife of 25 years, Sally Hatten; four children: Elisabeth Jump, Robert Christopher Hatten and wife Ali, Alex Ruthmann and wife Anne, and Nicholas Ruthmann; three grandchildren: Shelby, Seraphim, and Amelia; sisters Marianna Hatten, Martha Bledsoe and husband Larry; brother-in-law Steve Brown; niece Abrielle Flavin and husband Mike, and nephew Tyler Thornton.

He is loved and missed by his family, many friends, patients, and the community he served.

Russell H. Chandler

In Loving MemoryRussell H. Chandler, 89 of Butler, Missouri passed away February 23, 2015 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler. Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Friday, February 27, 2015 at Mullinax Funeral Home (660-679-0009) in Butler. Visitation will be Thursday evening, 6-8 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler. Contributions are suggested to the Bates County Elks Scholarship Fund, and are being received at the funeral home. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Russell Henry Chandler was born August 4, 1925 in Butler, Missouri, son of Marion Thomas and Tiny Florence (Chaney) Chandler. He attended the Lost Corner Grade School and graduated from Butler High School. Following school, Russell served four years in the U.S. Navy, crossing the equator in his travels. Russell was united in marriage to Marjorie Mae Camerer on July 18, 1943. He and Marjorie were heavily involved in the McGinnis Youth Center in Rich Hill, Missouri, as well as 4-H, where they served as club leaders.

Russell also served on the board of directors for the Mid-America Dairy Association, and traveled yearly to the national locations all over the U.S. He operated a farm and dairy all of his working years, and also worked for a time at Rice Implement in Butler. He was a charter member and honorary lifetime member of the Bates County Elks Lodge No. 2653. He was a longtime member of the Butler Saddle Club, and notably Russell was the last surviving member of the New Hope Baptist Church.

Russell was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marjorie; an infant son; and another son, Tommy Chandler; two brothers, and two sisters. He is survived by son Wesley Chandler and wife Janie of Butler; son Jim Chandler and wife Marty of Hume, Missouri; son Scott Chandler and wife Debby of Butler; seven grandsons, and four granddaughters; 26 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Zella Rose Doane of Butler; as well as numerous family members.

Frances Lee Kearns

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Frances Lee Kearns, 79, of Drexel, MO passed away February 20, 2015 at Cass Regional Medical Center, Harrisonville, MO. Funeral Services will be held 3:00 pm Saturday, February 28th at Mullinax Funeral Home –Drexel Chapel with Rev. Dennis Stone officiating. A visitation will be held prior to the service from 1:00 to 3:00 pm Saturday, also at the Drexel Chapel. Burial will follow services in Sharon Cemetery, Drexel, MO. Contributions suggested to the Drexel United Methodist Church or Sharon Cemetery. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Frances was born in a house seven miles NE of Drexel on June 18, 1935. She is the daughter of Lee Alexander Holt and Carrie Edith Holt (Carter). She attended Drexel School and graduated in 1953. Frances enjoyed playing basketball in High School and attending school events. On March 18, 1954 she married Damon Kenneth Kearns. He passed away January 1, 2009. Frances worked for the Kansas City Life Insurance Company in Kansas City, Sears, and for the Drexel Schools, before working for the Drexel Post Office until she retired after 42 years of service. Frances was a member of the Drexel United Methodist Church. She was the Superintendent of the children’s department for many years. She loved to sew, making many items for her children as well as others in the Drexel community in years past. Frances recently loved to crochet. She made and donated hats, mittens, and sweaters for babies in need. Family holidays were very special to her. She planned and participated in all events with her family by decorating and preparing large meals for each gathering. Frances enjoyed watching college basketball, especially KU games. She always looked forward to her trips with the family to the Sprint Center and Allen Fieldhouse to watch them play. She was also very excited to follow the Drexel High School girls basketball team as they made their way to the state championship. Frances was a person that was always available, especially for any special event involving her family. She made many trips to Warrensburg, Kansas City, Lawrence, and even to New Mexico to support her grandson’s endeavors. Frances was always willing to lend an ear to listen to any problems or issues her family may confront. She was also very excited to celebrate the successes they may accomplish. Frances was a devoted caregiver, taking excellent care of her aging parents, and raising her own family. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Frances is survived by her children, Damona Parks of Raymore, MO, and Darren K. Kearns of Drexel, MO. By her grandson Daniel Parks of Kansas City, MO, as well as many cousins. She will be truly missed.





Donald “Donnie” Blanton

In Loving MemoryDonald “Donnie” Blanton, 56, of Drexel, MO passed away February 17, 2015 at Kansas City Hospice House, Kansas City, MO. Funeral Services will be held 3:00 pm Saturday, February 21st at Mullinax Funeral Home –Drexel Chapel with Rev. Steve Bartholomew officiating. A visitation will be held prior to the service from 1:00 to 3:00 pm Saturday, also at the Drexel Chapel. Contributions are suggested to Drexel Meals on Wheels or Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Donald Lee Blanton was born January 26, 1959 in Kansas City, KS, the son of Keith and Frances (Wade) Blanton. Donnie worked as a carpenter and bridge builder all of his life. He was a jack of all trades. He enjoyed life to the fullest and would do anything to help others. Donnie loved the outdoors, hunting deer, fishing, and especially hunting and sharing mushrooms. He enjoyed his home in the country, raising a garden and protecting it from the chickens, his pet pig and old faithful dog, Sarge. Donnie was preceded in death by his father Keith Blanton, maternal grandparents, Alfred and Virginia Wade, paternal grandparents, Chas and Montie Blanton, step-grandfather Ivan Showalter, Sr., nephew Bryan Blanton, great-niece Kayla Michele Blanton, brother-in-law Richard Pittman, along with all his maternal aunts and uncles: Lois & Bud, Virginia & Chas, Lola & Max, Mary & Jim, Ernie, Geo, & Ellene, Everett & Annie.

Donnie is survived by his parents, Frances & Ivan Showalter, Jr., wife Debbie Blanton of Gladstone, MO, daughter Jennifer Thomas and her husband Robert of Drexel, MO, five grandchildren; Elijah, John, Kyra, Justin, and Brandon, his brother Dennis Blanton and his wife Linda of Osawatomie, KS, brother Steve Blanton and his wife Lisa of Lenexa, KS, sister Vickie Pittman of Peculiar, MO, step-sister Cindy Jobes of Raymore, MO, step-brother Richard Showalter and his wife Kelly of Laurie, MO, step daughter Tracy Wherland of Gladstone, MO, step-daughter Sarah Wherland of Drexel, MO, aunt & uncle Caroline & Jim Showalter, along with a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.





Joyce (Shipley) Champlin

In Loving MemoryJoyce L. Shipley Champlin, 70, passed away Saturday February 14, 2015 at her home in Amsterdam, Missouri after an extensive illness.  Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM Wednesday February 18th at the Mullinax Funeral Home – Drexel Chapel (660)679-0009 with Rev. Alan Black officiating.  Visitation will be Tuesday February 17th from 5 to 7 pm also at the funeral home in Drexel.  Burial will follow services in Scott Cemetery.  Contributions are suggested to Merwin Christian Church.  Messages of condolence for the family may be left at  

Joyce Lavaun Shipley Champlin was born on Tuesday, August 8, 1944 to Chester Shipley and Vena Flanary at their home in Lisle, Missouri.  Joyce lived on the family farm where she was the youngest of four children.  Growing up, she never felt they had to go without.  On the farm, they would raise cows, chickens, hogs and grow everything they needed.  She attended a one-room country school house until the 6th grade.  She then attended Drexel School with her sister Larie through graduation.   After Joyce’s mother passed away she moved in with her sister, Arlene Shipley-Hill, near Drexel, Missouri.  Joyce met her future husband, Stephen Champlin on a blind date.  After graduation Joyce moved to Kansas City and worked at Foremost Dairy for a short time while engaged to Stephen.  They were married on July 27, 1963. They then made their home in the Amsterdam, Missouri area, where they still live to this day.  They raised four children; Allan Champlin, Teresa Champlin,  Jason  Champlin,  and Cory Champlin.  Joyce said that raising her four children was her greatest accomplishment.  She said she was very happy raising them, and never had much trouble with them.  Joyce said her highlights in life were “marriage, my children, and now my grandchildren.”  She even found time over the years to have a couple extra jobs.  She volunteered at the school, cleaned the church for years, and collected taxes for a few years.   In her spare time Joyce enjoyed to read, travel, and learn about history.  Travel was definitely her favorite pastime; she cherished many summer trips to Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota.    Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, one sister Larie Shipley Thomas, one brother Norris Shipley.  She is survived by her husband Stephen Champlin of the home;  four children Allan Champlin of Drexel, MO, Teresa Champlin and husband Russell Crosby of Warsaw, MO, Jason Champlin and wife Tiffany of Trading Post, KS, and Cory Champlin and wife Ana of Lone Jack, MO; six grandchildren, Emma Scott of Farmington, MN, Kirsten Scott of Overland Park, KS, Mikayla Cox, Dillon Champlin, and Sawyer Champlin of Trading Post, KS, Audrey Champlin of Lone Jack, MO; one great-grandson Colby Slayton of Farmington, MN; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.