Remington “Remi” Craft

craft-folderpicRemington Jade “Remi” Craft earned her angel wings on March 25th, 2017. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Mullinax Funeral Home (660-679-0009) in Butler. There will be no visitation. Cremation will follow the services. Memorial contributions are suggested toward “Remington’s Heart,” to be used for babies born with congenital heart defects. Messages and memories for the family may be left at

Also, a special vigil in Remi’s honor will take place Saturday evening, 8:00 PM at the Butler Fairgrounds. The public is welcome and invited to attend.

Remi lived most of her life at Children’s Mercy Hospital, because she was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Being born with half of a heart, you would never know anything was wrong with her by looking at her. Beautiful and perfect. She astonished all of the medical staff with how well she did after her first surgery and how fast she was able to go home.

Remi had 6 wonderful days at home with her parents, big brother, and big sisters. During her seven short weeks here on Earth, she touched many lives and was loved deeply by so many. She brought communities and our family together. She fought hard until she went to be with Jesus, such a brave little girl. It gives us comfort to know that her heart is now whole.

Remi was welcomed in heaven by her maternal great-grandma, Karen Whitten; and paternal great-grandparents Helen and Lloyd McElwain. She is mourned on earth by her parents Kaleigh and Brandon Craft; her siblings Kaiden, Addisyn and Gracelyn; maternal grandparents Galen Whitten and Patricia Payne; and paternal grandparents Steve and Michelle Craft.

Marcia Minneman

Marcia L. Minneman, 70, of Butler, Missouri passed away March 23, 2017 at  her home in Butler.  Cremation, with a memorial visitation to be held Sunday March 26, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009).  There will be no service.  Memorial contributions are suggested in lieu of flowers to the Bates County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary or Butler Senior Taxi.   Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Marcia Lou Minneman was born January 4, 1947 in Centerville, Iowa to Posy and Eunice DeWitt Robbins.  Marcia was united in marriage to Glen Junior Minneman in May of 1964.  To this union three children were born.  Marcia enjoyed her time volunteering at Bates County Memorial Hospital for many years.  She was a loving caretaker to family and will always be remembered for her lively personality.

Marcia was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 47 years, Glen Minneman, son Christopher Micheal Minneman, brother Roy Robbins, and brothers-in-law, Dannie and Earl Minneman.  She is survived by her daughter Ginger Eubank and husband Rob of Wasilla, AK, daughter Deanna Mayer and Fiancé Yanni Liakakos of Butler, MO, eight grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Shirley Minneman of Hulburt, OK, sister-in-law Annette Minneman of Muskogee, OK, sister Kay Volesky of Minneapolis, KS, sister Georgia Robbins of Hutchinson, KS, along with many nieces, nephews, and friends.





Donald H. Gaynor

Donald H. Gaynor, 81 of Appleton City, Missouri passed away March 20, 2017 at Appleton City Manor in Appleton City.  Cremation with private family graveside services to be held at a later date.  Arrangements entrusted to the Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009).  Memorial contributions are suggested, in lieu of flowers, to Appleton City Manor.  Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Donald Henry Gaynor was born June 23, 1935 in Whittier, California to Robert and Lucille Drake Gaynor.  He graduated from Whittier High School and owned and operated his own plant nursery for many years.  He loved the beaches and the casinos of California, and missed them terribly after retiring to Missouri to be near family.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents and wife Betty Coats Gaynor.  He is survived by his son Ronnie Gaynor and wife Laura of Banning, CA, and by his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.



Neva Lee Gaines

Neva Lee Gaines, 70 of Odessa, Missouri passed away March 14, 2017 at New Haven Nursing Home in Odessa, Missouri.  Funeral services will be held 1:00 pm Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel (660-679-0009).  Visitation will be held prior to services from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Saturday also at the chapel.  Burial will follow in Rockville Cemetery, Louisburg, Kansas.  Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of donor’s choice.  Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Neva Lee Gaines was born June 15, 1946 in Kansas City, Missouri to Montie and Nora Dakin Gaines.  She attended John Ruskin High School and worked for many years at the Sheltered Workshop in Higginsville, Missouri.  Neva Lee loved her church, bingo, and never missed her game shows and soap operas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Viola Cooper, and brothers, Claude and Olin Ray Gaines.  She is survived by her sister Carolyn Colombo and husband Tony of Higginsville, MO., brother Sonny Gaines of Odessa, MO., sister-in-law, Pamela Gaines of Belton, MO., along with numerous nieces and nephews.




John B. Graham

John Borden Graham, 68, of Overland Park, KS passed away on March 6, 2017 at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.  Memorial services are scheduled for 10:00 am Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 3105 W. 135th St, Leawood, KS 66224.  Arrangements entrusted to the Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel (660-679-0009).  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Lord of Life Lutheran Church.  Messages of condolence may be left for the family at 

John was born October 1, 1948 in Jasper, Alabama to Charles and Helen Graham. He served in the United States Army, and is survived by his wife Kathy Graham of Overland Park, KS, son Jermey Graham, wife Amy, and Grandson Boston, all of Nashville, TN and son Josh Graham, of Boulder, CO.  He is also survived by his brother, David “Dude” Graham, and his two sisters, Rebekah “Becky” McKenzie and Candy “Charlie” Heob.  He was preceded in death by his parents.  John “PJ” loved his Grandson Boston, model trains, telling jokes, and being surrounded by family.




Jim Duncan

Jim Duncan, 59 of Drexel, Missouri passed away Thursday, March 2, 2017 at his home in Drexel.  A memorial service will be held 4:00 pm Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel (660-679-0009).  Visitation will be held prior to services Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, also at the chapel.  Inurnment will take place at a later date in Sharon Cemetery, Drexel, Missouri.  Contributions are suggested to a fund for his grandchildren in care of Jennifer Fink.  Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

James Patrick Duncan, known as Jim to his friends, was born to James Don and Patricia Ann Duncan in Kansas City, MO.  Jim was a local Drexel entrepreneur who owned both a local automotive repair business and liquor store.  He has also worked during that time as a machinist building racing engines for regional shops in the area.  Jim has worked in construction, tile setting, sales and advertising and even as a cook and a dishwasher when needed to make ends meet.  Even with all that experience the thing he was best at was taking care of others, especially his children, and just about any other kid that wandered through the front door.  He cared for the people in and around his life and has done without himself so others could have something, most of them never knowing his own sacrifice.  Those that knew him best were with him as he passed offering all of the support they could to ease him through his journey.  If he ever wondered if people loved and cared for him the way he loved and cared for others, his questions were answered during the final weeks of his life.  His children did him proud.

Jim was Preceded in passing by his Father, James Don Duncan, Grandfathers John C. Duncan and John Vogt, Grandmothers Beulah J. Hoffman and Elsie M. Duncan. He is survived By His Mother, Patricia Ann O’Gara, 81, of Shawnee, Kansas, his Brother, John “Andy” Duncan, 56, of Gardner, Kansas, Sons; Jason James Duncan, 39, of Yakima, Washington and David Patrick Duncan, 31, Of Drexel, MO.  Daughters; Tannis Receene Duncan, 38, of Harrisonville, Mo,  Jennifer Danielle Fink, 32, and Stefani Ann Duncan, 30, both from Drexel, MO, and Honorary Daughter Leah Martin of Drexel, MO.  9 Grandchildren; Mercury and Topaz Brewster, Danika, Hendrix, and Koby Duncan, Claire and Cole Fink, and Deacon and Jaylen Martin.





Mary Jane Bise

mary-jane-bise-obit-picMary Jane Bise, 89 of Butler, Missouri passed away February 26, 2017 at Bates County Memorial Hospital.  Funeral services will be 1:00 pm Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009) with Pastor Terry Davis officiating.  Visitation will be held prior to the service Wednesday from 11:00 to 1:00 pm also at the funeral home.  Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler.  Contributions are suggested in lieu of flowers to the Butler Senior Center or the First Baptist Church Women’s Group.  Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Mary Jane Bise was born February 19, 1928 in Diggins, MO. to Arnold Edwin and Minnie Owings Semsch.  She was united in marriage to Lee Roy Bise on August 24, 1947.  She taught school for many years as a substitute teacher.  Mary Jane was a proud member of the First Baptist Church of Butler, and taught bible school for decades.  She was a member of the the Collector’s Club, and was an avid collector.  But over all, she had devoted herself to a life of service to others.

Mary Jane was preceded in death by her parents,  her husband Lee Bise in 1995, three brothers, and three sisters.  She is survived by her three sons, Eddie Bise of Belton, MO., Roger Bise and wife Cygnet of Fort Smith, AR., and Jeff Bise and wife Kelly of Derby, KS., ten grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, a sister Eva Hall of Calhoun, MO., along with far too many friends to count.