Bob Donovan, Jr.

Screen Shot 2016-02-07 at 2.44.54 PMBob Donovan, Jr., 64 of Adrian, Missouri passed away unexpectedly Saturday, February 6, 2016 at his home in Adrian. Cremation, with Memorial Services 2:00 PM Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at the Mullinax Funeral Home (660-679-0009) in Butler, Missouri. Visitation will be prior to services from 12:00 – 2:00 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to American Heart Association, Heartland Hospice of Butler, Missouri or any charity of the donor’s choice. Messages and memories for the family may be left at

Complete obituary information will be published as it becomes available.

Jamari Edward Jackson Riley

In Loving Memory

Jamari Edward Jackson Riley, the infant son of Trey and Kristina Riley of Butler, Missouri passed away January 17, 2016.  Cremation, with no services scheduled at this time.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mullinax Funeral Home of Butler (660-679-0009).  Messages of condolence may be left for the family at  


Jamari Edward Jackson Riley “Jumanji” was born and passed away January 17, 2016 at Research Medical Center, Kansas City, Missouri.  Jamari is survived by his parents Trey and Kristina (Sines) Riley, of Butler, Missouri, sisters, Faith and Alice Kennedy, brothers, Gabriel Sines and Covey Riley, paternal grandmother Georgetta Burton and husband Anthony of Butler, Missouri, Maternal grandparents Maria Lancaster and William Lamb, great-grandfather Richard Riley, Sr. of Topeka, Kansas and great-grandmother Ruth Wicks of Butler, Missouri, Uncles Jeffrey Sines and Terrance Riley, and aunts Amanda Lancaster and Morgan Lamb.








Barbara Reynolds


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Barbara Reynolds, 72 of Butler, Missouri passed away Saturday, January 16, 2016 at her home. Cremation, with Memorial Services 11:00 AM Saturday, January 23, 2016 at the Mullinax Funeral Home (660-679-0009) in Butler. Visitation will be prior to services from 10 – 11 AM at the funeral home. Contributions in Barbara’s memory are suggested to the Butler Senior Center, and may be left in care of the funeral home. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at

Barbara Lee (McGhee) Reynolds was born on January 16, 1944, in Bemidji, MN, to the late Harold McGhee and Olive (Newby) McGhee.  She was the only child born to this union.

Barbara lived in many states growing up and eventually moved to Schell City, MO, to live with her grandparents.  This is where she met and married her husband, Lewis Reynolds.  They were married on August 12, 1961.  To this union four daughters were born, Theresa, Bernadette, Judith and Barbara.  Soon after their marriage, they moved to Lee’s Summit for Lewie’s career.  They opted for a slower pace of life in 1972, when they moved their family to Butler, MO.

The move to Butler is where Barbara proved her dedication to her family.  She could be found doing any number of “farm” jobs  alongside her husband and daughters.  Barbara was the driving force for being productive and kept an attitude of working until the job was finished.  She was a homemaker extraordinare!  After raising her daughters, she played an important role in helping to raise her grandkids.  Barbara enjoyed her grandkids and the time she spent with them.  She was a faithful caregiver to her husband during his illness.

Barbara was an active member of The Get Togethers, T.O.P.S., and The Rebekah Lodge.  She enjoyed traveling, cooking, gardening and had recently caught the Adult Coloring Book craze.  She enjoyed going to the pool and her exercise group. Barbara loved to laugh – she had an uncanny sense of humor that she passed on to her kids and grandkids.

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Reynolds and daughter Bernadette Reynolds.  She is survived by her daughters Theresa (Scott) McBride, St. Louis MO, Judith (Michael) Atty, Kansas City, MO, Barbara Mendoza Wichita, KS.  Four grandkids, Carli (Trent) Marshall, Cole (Tiffany) Mellenbruch, Miles Atty, Elliott Steinhaus, 2 great-grandsons, Cash and Bodhi Marshall and her faithful companion, Molly.

Mom, Grandma – we are going to miss you – but we know we will see you again in heaven.  We Love YOU!



Dale Friederich

FriederichMr. Dale Friederich, 82 of Butler, Missouri passed away Sunday, January 10, 2016 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Thursday, January 14, 2016 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 400 West Nursery St. in Butler with Monsignor Bradley S. Offutt officiating. There is no visitation. Interment will follow services in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Bates County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at

Dale Quentin Friederich was born on November 27, 1933 in rural Erie, Kansas and graduated from Erie High School in 1952. He met Patricia Jean Hilton in 1950 and they married in 1953, 10 days before he deployed to Korea for a year-long tour with the Army. He remained in the Army for three years then he and his family returned to Kansas where he earned an Associates Degree from Neosho County Community College.

He and his family moved to Butler in 1964 when he began working as a route salesman for Wonder Bread & Hostess Cakes and in 1995 retired after 30 years with the company. During his retirement he enjoyed fishing, watching sports and spending time with his family. He will be infinitely missed by his family and friends.

Friederich is survived by his wife Patricia Hilton Friederich, sister, Francie Seidl of Wichita, Kansas, and children Steven Friederich and wife Bonnie of O’Fallon, MO., Jeff Friederich and wife Barbara of Raytown, MO., Alecia Lawhorn and husband Andre’ of Mandeville, LA., Matt Friederich of Butler, MO., Anna Renae Friederich-Maggard and David Maggard of Lansing, KS., and grandchildren Cory Coates, Richard Friederich, James Friederich, Tricia Friederich-Cook, Tyler Friederich, and Ely and Aubrey Maggard and great grandchildren Faith Coates, Ally Cook, and Hope and Daniel Morris.

He was preceded in death by his parents Reinald and Christina Friederich, sisters Ellen Keenan, Irene McDonald, Alice (Sister Aloysia) Friederich, Virginia Lee Butts, Pauline Brigman, and brothers Raymond Friederich and John Friederich.

Neila Jean Sykes


FullSizeRender (21)Neila Jean Sykes, 67, of Cleveland, Missouri passed away January 7, 2016.  Cremation, with a graveside service scheduled for 11:00 AM July 3, 2016 in Freeman Cemetery, Freeman, Missouri.  A memorial picnic will follow services.  Services under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home (660-679-0009).  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the KC Pet Project.  Messages of condolence may be left for the family at  


Neila Jean was born in Columbus, Ohio to Neil and Elizabeth Reynolds on September 4, 1948.  She was a 1967 Ruskin High School Graduate and was united in marriage to Michael Sykes on February 7, 1970 in Kansas CIty, Missouri.  Neila Jean enjoyed camping, crafting, gardening, horseback riding, bowling and roller skating. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, and spoiling her puppies.  She was preceded in death by her Mother Elizabeth Reynolds; Father Neil Reynolds; Sister Linda Hummer; Daughter Breeona Gilmore; Brother-in-laws John Kretchmer and Roger Hummer and Father-in-law John F Sykes.  Survivors include her husband Michael Sykes of 46 years; Son Kevin Sykes and wife Elizabeth of Mineral Wells, Texas. 4 grandchildren; Ashley Gilmore, Hunter Gilmore, Lucia Sykes and Abbygail Mathewson; Sister Joan Kretchmer ; Mother-in-Law Veda Wolf; Step-Mother Geraldine Sykes.






Robert Barenklau


DSC_0075Robert Barenklau, 44 of Paola, Kansas passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at the Olathe Hospice House surrounded by his loving family. Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Saturday, January 9, 2016 at the Fire House Gymnasium, 202 E. Wea St. in Paola, Kansas. Visitation will be Friday evening from 4 – 8 PM at the gymnasium. Interment will follow services in Osawatomie Cemetery, Osawatomie, Kansas. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Kids’ Education Fund, Firefighter Fund, or Miami County Cancer Foundation. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mullinax Funeral Home of Butler, Missouri (660-679-0009) and messages for the family may be left at

Robert (Rob, D-Bob, Bobby, Bear) Shane Barenklau, 44, passed away January 6, 2016 at Olathe Hospice House after a long, courageous battle with colon cancer.

Robert was born on April 20, 1971 in Paola, Kansas to Gerald & Dixie Barenklau.  He spent his childhood living in Paola and attended Paola schools, graduating from Paola High School with the Class of 1989.  He attended Universal Technical Institute in Phoenix, AZ where he obtained his degree in automotive technology in 1990.

Robert was very active as a young man, playing baseball during the summer on the Paola little league/Babe Ruth teams.  He spent a lot of time going to softball games to watch his sister, Kim Barenklau.  He spent a lot of time swimming in the old Paola pool in Wallace Park and diving off the old diving boards with his friends and classmates.  He loved playing with neighbors in the neighborhood and sneaking out of his bedroom window at night to play with them.  He was one of the first male yell leaders while he was in middle school and played defense and offense for Paola Panthers football, and was a member of the baseball team.  He was proud of the team accomplishments and missed playing sports after he grew older.  He supported his hometown teams proudly.

After graduating high school, he worked at Webco Manufacturing where he worked the night shift welding.  After obtaining his automotive degree he got a job at a new car company that was just starting – Saturn in Olathe, Kansas. He began in February 1991 and worked there until the company shut its doors in October of 2009.  He made many life long friends there and that family held a very special place in his heart.  He began working for V&H Trucks, Inc. in New Century (Gardner), KS in 2010 and worked there until December 2015.  After he was no longer able to build the large trucks at V&H, they opened a position in the parts department so he could continue his employment there.  He was very thankful for the support he received and their understanding during his fight.

He became a member of the Osawatomie Volunteer Fire Department (OZFD) in 2008 and found something he loved doing.  Turning wrenches was a way to provide a living, but being a member of the Fire Department, was something that he lived for.  He enveloped this group of guys and gals and made them family.  This brotherhood helped hold him up during a very long, hard, physical struggle, and will be forever family.  His favorite things were to keep his brothers safe by providing traffic control and the toy delivery every December.  He spent almost every day at the department, working through a long to-do list while looking for employment.

Robert met his wife, Amy Gillogly, while cruising the Paola Square and they began dating while seniors in high school.  They worked together at Price Chopper in Paola before moving to Phoenix for school.  Many memories were made together during their lives.  They dated for several years before marrying on September 16, 1995 in Paola, Kansas.  They celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary last September.

Robert and Amy became the parents of Haley Cheyenne on September 2, 1999.  He was so excited to have a girl and talked about all the things he would teacher her.  He knew they would be life long friends and looked forward to having her in his life.  September 11, 2003 brought Chase Dakota into their lives and completed Robert’s family.  He loved his children fully and was very proud of them and who they are growing up to be.  He wanted to be involved in every aspect of their lives and wanted to teach them about his love for fishing and hunting, but will rely on family and friends to carry out those desires.  He was an amazing father and friend to both of his children.

He and his sister, Kim, had a very close, tight knit bond and he tried to always involve her in his and his children’s lives.  He wanted her to know that she was part of his family, and have the support and love through tough times.

Robert was diagnosed with Stage IV colorectal cancer in February 2011.  He fought against this disease with every tool and treatment available to him for almost 5 years.  He continued to work and provide for his family until about a month before his death.  He gave everything he had to try to defeat this disease.

He had a strong desire to not be a burden on his family in his last few days. When it became evident to him that the end was near, he asked to be moved to the hospice house. Upon arrival at the hospice house, nursing staff was moving Robert to his bed when he felt it was time to go. He fought as hard as he could but, he passed on his own terms, with grace.  He chose his final call without the tones.

He was a supporter of Cops for Tots in Miami County, KC Guns ’n Hoses benefit ride and walked in the Miami County Relay for Life each year after his diagnosis in support of his friends and family.  He loved Miami County and the Paola and Osawatomie communities and was proud to be a lifelong resident.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerald & Dixie Barenklau and his mother-in-law, Ila Gillogly, and grandparents.

He is survived by his loving family; wife Amy Barenklau, and his children Haley and Chase of Paola, Kansas.  His sister Kim Barenklau of Olathe, KS and a half sister, Viva Dix (John) of Jerome, MO and a half brother, Brad Ruddell (Kathy), of Greenwood, MO.  Two sisters-in-law, Joyce Cantrell and Holly McLain (Royce), of Harrisonville, MO.  Many nieces and nephews and a very large extended family of firefighters and loving friends.


Randy Foote

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Mr. Randal “Randy” Foote, 59, formerly of Butler, Missouri passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri. Funeral services will be at 12:00 noon Saturday, January 16, 2016 at the Mullinax Funeral Home in Butler, Missouri (660-679-0009). Visitation from 10:30am – 12:00 prior to funeral services at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Contributions are suggested to Ashley Abernethy’s Purple Star Foundation. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at

Randal Dean “Randy” Foote was born October 26, 1956 in Butler, Missouri, son of LaVerne and Alice (Everett) Foote. He attended school in Butler and graduated Butler High School in the class of 1975. He played trumpet in his school years and, notably, received a certificate from Clark Terry, calling Randy the trumpet player with the most potential. Randy was also a member of the National Honor Society.

When Randy was 16 he began working at the NAPA store in Butler when it was owned by his uncles Tommy and Richard Everett. He moved on to work in and manage many different NAPA stores throughout the Kansas City metro area. At the time of his passing he was working at the NAPA fleet store in the Kansas City Water Department. Randy enjoyed playing golf, traveling, and watching MU sports, but is no doubt best remembered for his love of the Kansas City Chiefs, being a season ticket holder for 22 years. It can be said that Randy liked to have fun; “he never liked to leave the party!”

He was preceded in death by his father and a niece, Rebecca Foote. He is survived by his daughter, Jessica Foote of Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Jessica and Randy had a very special father/daughter relationship. She was his very best friend. He was proud of her accomplishments and whatever Jessica did became a part of his life also. Her friends were his friends. Her likes were his, and they shared an unconditional love that never ends. He is further survived by his mother, Alice Trammell; brothers Rex Foote and Russell Foote; the Shreve family; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and many close friends.