Kathryn Coffman

In Loving MemoryArrangements for Kathryn Coffman are Cremation, with memorial services to be announced at a later time by her family. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com. Cremation under the direction of the Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler, Missouri (660-679-0009).

Kathryn Jean (Snyder) Coffman, 63 of Ronan, Montana passed away October 22, 2014 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. She was born July 5, 1951 in Ronan, daughter of Eldon Snyder and Ruth Kirsch.

Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents and one grandson, Timothy Johnson. She is survived by her children: daughter Deni Coffman of Clarksville, Tennessee; daughter Becky Coffman of Ronan, Montana; daughter Amy Coffman of Ronan; son TJ Coffman and wife Amy of Butler, Missouri; and grandchildren Jesse, Tyler, Rosie, Sage, Kylee, Danielle, Ted, Cheyenne, Cameron and Carter; as well as many “honorary” kids and grandkids. She also leaves behind brother Kenny Snyder and wife Donnita, brother Kim Snyder, and sisters Kay Langan and husband Bill, Krissy Paro and husband Jim, and Kelly Bailey and husband Walt.

Thomas “Gary” Young

Gary ObituaryGraveside memorial services for Gary Young will be 11:00 AM Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville, Missouri. The family will gather for fellowship following services at noon at Harrisonville Youth Building. Contributions are suggested to American Cancer Society, or Diabetes Association. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com. Services under the direction of the Mullinax Funeral Home in Butler, Missouri (660-679-0009).

Thomas “Gary” Young, 67 of Peculiar, Missouri passed away Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Crown Care in Harrisonville, Missouri. Gary was born December 11, 1946 in Los Angeles, California, son of Marion T. and Velma E. (Davis) Young.

Gary was loved by many, and a friend to all. He was a successful business owner for many years, and was a Realtor at his retirement. Gary was a dedicated family man, and was a proud papa and granddad who survived raising five children and seven grandchildren. Gary is loved and will be missed.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter-in-law, Kimberly George. He is survived by his children, Karie Rogers of Peculiar; Michael Young (Christy) of Harrisonville; Mark Young of Peculiar; Jamie Garrison (Doug) of Peculiar; Matthew Young of Peculiar; grandchildren Trevor, Shelby, Preston, Codie, Madison, Chloe, and Mason; and one sister, Patricia Smith (Ralph) of Amsterdam, Missouri; as well as former spouse, Ellen Holmes (Rick).

Everett L. Baker

In Loving MemoryFuneral services for Everett Lee Baker will be 2:00 PM Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at the Mullinax Funeral Home (660-679-0009) in Butler, Missouri with Minister Felix Salazar officiating. Visitation will be prior to services from 1:30 – 2:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial will follow funeral services in Double Branch Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to Double Branch Cemetery. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.

Everett Lee Baker, 89 of Butler, Missouri passed away October 18, 2014 at Heartland of Willow Lane in Butler. Everett was born July 8, 1925 in rural Bates County, Missouri, son of Claude A. and Rosalie (Wix) Baker. Everett was united in marriage to Virginia Cox, who survives.

Throughout his life, it can be said that Everett was public-minded. He served his community on a great many boards and organizations to include Bates County Fair Board and the Hospital board, to name only a couple. Everett will be remembered by many as someone who would clear rural roads for neighbors following hard snows; he cared for these roads year-round as well. Everett raised Guernsey cattle and showed Angus, for which he had quite an eye and repeatedly achieved top-of-market. He loved animals and was good with them, but particularly loved dogs.

Everett was preceded in death by his parents, sister Varie Thompson and brother Clyde Baker; as well as an infant daughter. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Baker of Butler; niece Jean Van Horn and husband Pete; great-nieces and great-nephews Dallas Van Horn, Kelly Deems, Shannon Van Horn, and Angela Van Horn; as well as many other nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Beatrice E. “Bea” Page

In Loving MemoryMass of Christian Burial for Bea Page will be 10:30 AM Monday, October 13, 2014 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Butler, Missouri with Father John Bolderson as Celebrant. Visitation will be Sunday evening, 5 – 7 PM at Mullinax Funeral Home in Butler (660-679-0009) with Rosary at 7 PM. Burial following Mass in Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.

Beatrice Elizabeth “Bea” (Heiman) Page, 85 of Butler, Missouri passed away October 9, 2014 at her home in Butler. Bea was born December 11, 1928 in Montrose, Missouri, daughter of Cornelius and Lucy (Hake) Heiman. She was united in marriage to Joe Donald Page, who preceded her in death January 28, 2013. Bea was a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority for over 50 years. She was active in 4H, and was a longtime member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, where she sang in the choir. Additionally she belonged to the Extension Club and was an active bowler.

In addition to Joe, Bea was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, JoAnne Page, and grandchildren Scott and Jennifer Harold; brothers Harold, Ted and Jim Heiman, and sisters Berniece Griggs, Rita Gibbens, and Evelyn Brownsberger; as well as her father and mother-in-law, Harley and Winnie Page. Bea is survived by her children: Mike Page and wife Barbara of Appleton City, Missouri; Patricia Johnson and husband Gene of Fort Scott, Kansas; Nancy Hedrick and husband Eddie of Butler; Jim Page and wife Sarah of Green Valley, Arizona; Jerry Page and wife Christine of Butler; Harley Page and wife Kori of Butler; grandchildren Becky Jones (Andy), Seth Harold (Sarah), Joe Hedrick (Leslie), Chance Hedrick (fiancé Shanya), Michael Page, Jennifer Page, and Jordan Page, and Devon, Austin, Drew and Alli Page; great-grandchildren Tristen Chadd and Megan Jones, and Alden and Henry Hedrick; and brothers Jerome Heiman and Charles Heiman.

Cheryl Bestvater

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Funeral services for Cheryl Bestvater will be 11:00 AM Friday, October 10, 2014 at South Haven Baptist Church in Belton, Missouri with Senior Pastor Curt Fieleke officiating. Visitation will be immediately prior to services from 9:30 – 11:00 AM at the church. Burial will follow services in Peculiar Cemetery, Peculiar, Missouri. Memorial contributions in memory of Cheryl are suggested to South Haven Baptist Church. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.

Cheryl Ann (Lee) Bestvater, 57 of Belton, Missouri passed away Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Cheryl was born August 3, 1957 in Jefferson City, Missouri, daughter of Everett and Shirley (Thornberry) Lee.

Cheryl graduated high school in Eureka, Kansas. She began in retail sales and then started her career in real estate in 1986. Cheryl loved her job – helping people find their dream home, or helping them receive the most from the sale of their home. Cheryl just loved people.

In 1995 Cheryl was diagnosed with breast cancer while she was pregnant with Brooke. She always called Brooke our “miracle baby.” She has been cancer-free ever since. Cheryl loved to plant flowers and decorate for just about every season and holiday. She loved the Lord, and would listen to Christian radio while she worked on her real estate.

Cheryl held the distinction of Senior Sales Associate, Multi-Million Dollar producer, WHS, CREW, CREST, and was a Broker in Kansas and Missouri for 28 years.

Cheryl was preceded in death by her mother and one sister, Dayna Lynn Masters. She is survived by her father, Everett Lee of Peculiar, Missouri; her husband, William Bestvater of Belton; daughters Teresa Hammond of Fayetteville, Arkansas and Brooke Bestvater of Belton; brothers Rocky Lee, Rick Lee, Randy Lee, and Rance Lee; and granddaughters Michaele and Kinley.


Carmen Moses Harp

In Loving MemoryCelebration of Life Services for Carmen Moses Harp will be 1:00 PM Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Ohio Street United Methodist Church in Butler, Missouri. There is no visitation. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com. This information is provided courtesy of Mullinax Funeral Home in Butler, Missouri (660-679-0009).

Carmen Letitia Moses Harp was born June 8, 1964 in Butler, Missouri and passed away September 15, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.

Carmen was preceded in death by her mother, Shirley Moses, and her father, Carl Moses; her grandparents, Buster (Theodore) & Helen Sweets, and Charles and Myrtle Moses. She is survived by her son, Skylar Moses; brothers Tim Nuckols, Carl Moses, Jr., Harold Moses, and Carlos Moses; sisters Debra Moses, Carla Fondren, Theresa Moses Clark, and Clarissa Moses; along with a host of nieces and nephews.

Representative Randy W. Pike

In Loving MemoryFuneral services for Representative Randy W. Pike will be 11:00 AM Thursday, September 25, 2014 at Mullinax Funeral Home in Butler, Missouri (660-679-0009) with Father John Bolderson and Rev. Chris Snyder officiating; with special words from LTCOL Barney Fisher, USMC (Ret), and Mr. Dennis Page. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 5 – 8 PM at Mullinax Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Representative Randy Pike Memorial Scholarship for students of Bates and Vernon Counties. Burial will follow services in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian, Missouri. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.

Randall (Randy) W. Pike, age 60, of Adrian, Missouri passed away on September 20, 2014 at Bates County Memorial Hospital, Butler, Missouri. He was born on September 30, 1953 in Butler, Missouri, the son of Wesley and Nelda (Carroll) Pike. Randy graduated from Butler High School in 1972 and attended Central Missouri State University. He married Patricia Long in 1974. They had two children, Dillion Thomas Pike and  Dr. Michelle Diane Pike.

Randy enjoyed two very rewarding career fields. He developed his interests in nature and different art mediums to become a Master Taxidermist and Wood Carver. Earning top recognition at the 1988 World Taxidermy and Wildlife Art Competitions, Randy won first place in “Best in the World Fish” in the Fish Category and 2nd place in Deer Head Division at the Master Level categories. With his knowledge of animal anatomy and attention to detail, his work evolved from taxidermy to include wood carving and sculpting. He won many national and state honors for his work and went on to teach and judge nationally. Many are the proud owners of his detailed taxidermy mounts and intricate wood carvings. His family especially enjoyed the hand carved Santas he made and gave each Christmas.

As an Adrian School Board member, he developed an interest for public service. Randy was elected as Bates County Northern Commissioner from 2000 – 2012 and as a Missouri State Representative for District 126 from 2013-2014. He especially enjoyed serving as a State Representative and was recognized as Missouri House of Representatives Freshman Legislator of the Year in Agriculture Policy in 2014 and Missouri House of Representatives Freshman Legislator of the Year in Veterans Affairs in 2013. He felt very priviledged to represent his constituents and worked diligently on their behalf on the county and state levels.

Randy enjoyed the friendship and activities of many groups through the years and received many recognitions. He was past president and member of the Butler Lion’s Club, past president and member of the Adrian Chamber of Commerce, member of the Nevada and Butler Chambers of Commerce, Adrian Optimist Club, Bates County Museum, Vernon County Bushwacker Museum, Bates County Republicans, Bates County Cattlemen Association, Ducks Unlimited, Wild Turkey Federation, and National Rifle Association. He was a Bates County 4-H Fair Judge for many years; former little league coach, past president and member of the Bates County Extension Council, past president of Kaysinger Basin Regional Planning Commission, past president of the Osage Valley Rural Conservation and Development Board; and past board member of the Association of Counties. His hobbies and interests included duck hunting, fishing, working in his studio and spending time with friends and family.

Randy was preceded in death by his father, Wesley Pike and grand parents, John and Mabel (Spain) Pike and Harvey and Cecilia (Steffen) Carroll.

He is survived by his mother, Nelda (Carroll) Pike; wife, Patricia (Long) Pike; son, Dillion (Channing) Pike; daughter, Dr. Michelle Pike; granddaughters, Isabella Bo Pike and Josephine Harper Pike; sisters Evonne (Francis) Matthews and Janet (Rocky) Robinson, nephews, Patrick (Charlotte) Matthews and Harley Robinson; nieces Allison (Bobby) Allen and Amanda (Daniel) Acree and great nieces Evangeline Matthews, Elaina Acree, and Elsie Acree. He enjoyed the love and friendship of many and was very proud of his family, community, district, state and country.