David Cox

In Loving MemoryDavid Park Cox, a life long resident of Bates County, passed away at his home on March 29, 2015 at the age of 87. Private family Celebration of life services and burial will be held at Fort Scott National Cemetery, Fort Scott, KS. Services under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler, (660-679-0009). Contributions are suggested to the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home, 11300 Charles Rock Road, Bridgeton, MO 63044-2793. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.

David was born December 11, 1927 to Richard and Pearl (Wade) Cox. He grew up on their family farm and attended a one room school before graduating from Butler High School with the class of 1945. In 1946 David enlisted in the US Navy and served on the submarine, USS Caiman. He then returned to farming and married Beverly Gander in 1952. Two children were born to this union. They moved to their farm located in the Pleasant Gap Township in 1955, where he resided until the time of his death. In his farming years he was active in the State Cattlemen Association, Pork Producers and a 4-H leader for 10 years. Conservation of the land was always a top priority and in 2005 he received the Bates County SWCD Wildlife Habitat Award. In the past years he was active in his church and had a special interest in the Baptist Children’s Home and mission work. At the time of his death he was a member of the First Baptist Church of Nevada. He is survived by Beverly, his wife of 63 years, daughter Sharon and Husband Theo Martin of Gladstone, MO, son Paul and wife Susan Cox of College Place, WA, and sisters Bettie Scifers, Virginia Baker, Joan Ghere, and Sara Burch.

Dwayne Carlton

In Loving MemoryDwayne Jess Carlton, 80 of Passaic, Missouri passed away March 29, 2015 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Funeral services will be 2 PM Friday, April 3, 2015 at Mullinax Funeral Home (660-679-0009) in Butler. Visitation prior to services, from 1-2 PM at the funeral home. Cremation will follow services. Contributions are suggested to any charity of the donor’s choice, and messages of condolence for the family may be left at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.

Dwayne was born November 3, 1934 in Idaho, the son of Jesse E. and Edith Carlton.

He was very proud to have served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years, earning the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, and the U.N. Service Medal among his accomplishments. Dwayne loved fishing and bingo, but particularly enjoyed going on road trips. He enjoyed dancing, and in his later years, accompanying his wife Evelyn to family gatherings. He was particularly proud of how much his family had grown over the years.

Dwayne was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Evelyn; and one daughter, Laurie Bismarck; as well as a grandson, Michael Carlton, Jr. He is survived by a son, Steve Carlton and wife Maria of California; daughter Debbie Carlton of California; and son Mike Carlton and wife Virginia of Passaic; stepdaughter Bonnie and husband Lester, and stepson Clayton and wife Cindy; and adopted children Jim and Rachel Lane; granddaughter Dannette Carlton of Scotland; grandson Kerry Carlton of Butler; granddaughters Dena Frye and Dawn Green, and grandson Clifford Frye, as well as son-in-law Chris Bismarck, all of New York; and seven great-grandchildren.

Robert Fahnestock, Jr.

In Loving MemoryRobert Vernon “Bob” Fahnestock, Jr., age 74, of Ottawa, Kansas, passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Ransom Hospital in Ottawa. Funeral services will be Thursday, April 2nd at 2:00 pm at the Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009) with Bro. Bill Perkey officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 pm prior to the funeral service. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions are suggested to Kansas City Rescue Mission, 1520 Cherry St. KC, MO 64108, www.kcrm.org. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at http://www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com

Bob was born August 3, 1940 in Butler, Missouri to Robert Vernon Fahnestock, Sr. and Jewell Cordelia (McGuire) Fahnestock. Bob graduated from Butler High School in 1958 and joined the U. S. Navy.

Bob retired from military service with the U.S. Navy (1982) as an electronics technician first class after a 20-year career that spanned duty as a cryptologist; operations supervisor; photographer; radio station operator; radio traffic analyst; military intelligence processor; electronics, nuclear instrument and nuclear power technician; and chemical dependency counselor, instructor and administrator. He served in California; Florida; Washington; Bremerhaven, Germany; Puerto Rico; Kamiseya, Japan; Philippine Islands; Phu Bai, Vietnam; and at sea aboard the USS Joseph P. Kennedy, USS Fulton, USS Nimitz, USS Sailfish, USS Ticonderoga, USS America, and USS Denebola.

His military awards include the Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Unit Commendation (two awards), Navy “E” Ribbon, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal (with one bronze service star), National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal (four awards), and numerous letters of commendation.

Bob held a master’s degree in social work from the University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare, and a bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) in social psychology. He earned both academic degrees while working at full-time jobs.

Bob joined the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as an alcoholism counselor at the VA Medical Center, Leavenworth, Kansas in 1982. He later became clinical coordinator for the hospital’s chemical addiction unit. During VAMC employment he became familiar with the Vet Center in Kansas City and volunteered as a c-facilitator for group counseling prior to joining the staff as a counselor in mid-1985. Bob was selected as team leader in Wailuku (Maui), Hawaii, Vet Center and assumed the position in January 1991. He was promoted to Region 4-B deputy regional manager in mid-1993 and in that position he shared managerial responsibility for over 30 Vet Centers in the Pacific Western region. He transferred back to field duty as team leader at Oakland, Calif., Vet Center in July 1997, a position he held until his retirement, in July 2005 with over 40 years of combined federal and military service. Bob opened a private practice in psychotherapy in Solano Country, California and continued this work until September 2009, when he retired and moved with his wife, Keteri, to Ottawa, Kansas.

Bob was simply an exceptional human being. He was a deeply caring and gentle “old-soul”. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, son, uncle and friend. He always strove to treat others as he wanted to be treated, and to love, as he was loved. Bob had a huge heart. He was friend, counselor and even a father figure to many of his children’s friends. He was a master of self-restraint, preferring to listen, rather than speak, and to speak only if it was true, necessary and kind. His calling in life was to relieve the suffering of others, which he manifested as a social worker for Veterans, his love of family, and his deep friendship with a world-wide host of friends.

Bob would characterize himself as “just a Missouri country boy”, yet Bob was a life-long student and citizen of the world. Bob’s true love of music developed at an early age, when he was part of a family, country western band with his parents, Bob & Jewell, and two brothers, Dan & Jim. Bob carried his music with him around the world as a singer, song writer and performer. Bob spoke through his music and lyrics by writing melodies from the heart. He leaves behind a legacy of recorded music and memories for his family and friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Jim Fahnestock, a son Robert Fahnestock Gentle, and a daughter Robyn Ayn Fahnestock Gentle Strayer.

He is survived by his wife, Keteri of the home; his children, Robert Fahnestock (Charlotte) Basehor, KS; Troy Fahnestock (Jennifer) Kansas City, MO; Chris Fahnestock (Phaedra) Kansas City, MO; Sarah Fahnestock Williams (Kaleb), Kansas City, KS., Mack Blacksmith, Benicia, CA; and Peter Blacksmith, Benicia, CA.; his brother, Daniel J. Fahnestock (Nikki); and sister-in-law, Janet Fahnestock Butler, MO; 13 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, two of which will be born this year.

Dave Gilbert

In Loving Memory

Lawrence David “Dave” Gilbert, 74 of Drexel passed away March 24, 2015 at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, Kansas. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Saturday, March 28, 2015 at South Fork Baptist Church near Drexel with Pastor Steve Bartholomew officiating. Visitation Friday evening, 5-7 PM at Mullinax Funeral Home – Drexel Chapel (660-679-0009). Interment will be in Sharon Cemetery. Contributions are suggested to Drexel FFA, or South Fork Baptist Church. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.

Dave was born February 10, 1941 in Harrisonville, Missouri, son of Thomas David and Ella Lorraine Ladd. He attended school in Harrisonville. He married Phyllis Spencer on June 15, 1960.

Dave spent a short time working in the brick yard in Harrisonville. He also worked in the orchards in California. However, most of Dave’s working years were spent in the agriculture fields. Dave spent many years loading and unloading grain. Mixing grain for livestock, loading fertilizer trucks, unloading trucks for harvest and helping farmers with chemicals. After working for years in the grain elevator he went to work delivering fuel to area farmers. He finished his working career pumping gas and drinking coffee with a host of friends. Dave enjoyed yard work, gardening, hunting, fishing and spending time with grandkids.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents and two infant siblings, Darrell and Julia. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Phyllis; son Thomas K. Gilbert and wife Carey; son, David W. Gilbert; daughter, Lisa S. McCubbin and husband Dwight; son, Darrell L. Gilbert and wife Sheryl; grandkids Kevin, Steven, Jordan, Brandon, Faith, Tyler, Rachel, Spencer, Jonathan, Shelbi, Joshua, Andrew and Adam; great-grandchildren Jesse, JoJo, Junior and Ayden; brothers Allen Gilbert and wife Patsy, and Paul Gilbert and wife Kathy; and sisters Alice Cummings and husband Ferrell, and Nora Van Antwerp.


Orlan Francis Schultz

In Loving MemoryOrlan Francis Schultz of Frisco, Texas passed away Sunday, March 8, 2015. Cremation, with graveside memorial services announced at a later time. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at http://www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.

Mr. Schultz is survived by a son, Frank Schultz and wife Janelle Clark Schultz, grandson Neal (Johanne) Schultz, and great-grandson Austin Schultz, all of Frisco.

Complete obituary information will be provided as it becomes available.

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 www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.

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 http://www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com

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.