James Francis Schuckenbrock

After a brief, yet inspirationally fought battle with cancer, James Francis Schuckenbrock, took his last breath surrounded by family on October 6, 2018 at the age of 65.

Jim was born February 19, 1953 in Hannibal, Mo to the late R.J. and Mildred Schuckenbrock. He graduated from Southwest High School in Ludlow, Mo in 1971 and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education at Missouri Western University in 1976.

He cherished the experiences and friendships gained at Missouri Western – on and off the basketball court – and felt honored to be a part of a much respected team and coaching staff achieving team induction into the Missouri Western Hall of Fame in 2009. These life experiences led into a successful career with Lipton, Adria Labs, and Pharmacia & Upjohn Pharmaceuticals (oncology). With his heart centered on teamwork and helping others on the “court of life,” he was recognized with various Regional/National leadership and sales awards.

Jim’s remaining years were spent as a volunteer and then  as an employee at Our Lady of Mercy Country Home in Liberty, Mo where he quickly gained a sincere appreciation and respect for administrative staff, fellow employees and especially the residents.

He had a sincere passion to make a positive difference in the lives of everyone he met. His whimsical humor with a touch of satire consistently brought smiles, respect, and a will to excel in life. In Jim’s word’s, “it’s not what we get from the world or others, but rather what we learn from others, give of ourselves to others and the values we share to build family, team and true friendships that makes life worthwhile.”

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, R.J. and Mildred; brother, Larry; and is survived by five siblings. His smile, humor, never-ending heart, and memories shared will be immensely missed and cherished forever by many family members and friends.

The memorial service on Saturday, November 10th, will begin with mass at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Country Home in Liberty, Mo and will conclude at Resurrection Cemetery in Kansas City, Mo.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to Saint Jude children’s Hospital Foundation or Our Lady of Mercy Country Home.

Berl Ray Williams

Berl Ray Williams, age 85, a resident of Chillicothe, Missouri, passed away on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at The Baptist Home, Chillicothe, Missouri.

Berl was born the son of Howard and Alice (Lawson) Williams on July 4, 1933, near Lone Rock, Missouri. He was a 1951 graduate of Meadville R-IV High School. After graduation, he attended the Chillicothe Business College, and then entered the United States Coast Guard. After serving 4 years, he returned to Chillicothe, and worked at Producers Creamery. Berl was united in marriage to Dorlah Mae Mumpower on February 23, 1958, in Chillicothe, Missouri. She survives of the home. After their marriage, he reenlisted in the Coast Guard. After reenlisting, he served in Alabama, Hawaii, where their son Grant was born, Virginia, California, where their daughters Denise and Diana were born, Connecticut, Port Huron, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Charlevoix, Michigan, and St. Louis, Missouri, before retiring as Lieutenant Commander on June 1, 1974. After he retired, they returned to the area and settled in Meadville, Missouri, to farm. While stationed in Oklahoma, Berl graduated from Oklahoma City University, with a teaching degree. He started teaching business classes at Meadville in 1976, and took the H&R Block tax class and began preparing tax returns. He purchased the H&R Block franchise in 1982, and sold it after many years, but continued to prepare tax returns for an additional 5 years until his retirement. Berl joined the Jackson Mason Lodge #82 AF&AM, and then became a member of the Chillicothe Friendship Lodge #89 AF&AM in 1991. He held offices in the Chillicothe Chapter 113 of the Eastern Star, and the American Legion Vern R. Glick Post #25. He was also a member of the Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, Chillicothe, Missouri.

He loved to travel and family gatherings. His interest included his love of music and theatre, playing cards, croquet, crossword puzzles, and jokes and riddles.

Survivors include his wife, Dorlah Williams, of the home; two daughters, Denise Conway and husband Chris of St. Charles, Missouri, and Diana Stickler and husband Tom of Trenton, Missouri; one daughter-in-law, Cheri Williams of Chillicothe, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Magen Crabtree and husband Joshua of Holts Summit, Missouri, Carmen Austin and husband Marshall of Trenton, Missouri, Whitney Hansel and husband Aaron of East Alton, Illinois,  Jackson Williams of Chillicothe, Missouri, and Christopher Williams of St. Charles, Missouri, Bradley Williams of Maplewood, Missouri, and Ashlee Theissen and husband Josh of Washington, Missouri, and their mother, Carla Williams; six great grandchildren, Hailee, Alexander, Samuel, Hadley, Jon, and Eleanor; two brothers, Don Williams of Nevada, Iowa, and Tom Williams and wife Phyllis of Colo, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Grant Williams; one brother, Bob Williams; one sister-in-law, Helen Williams; and two nephews, Dean and Ben Williams.

A Masonic Service will be held at the Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Missouri, on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., Officiant was Rev. Steve Moseley. Organist was Brenda Kerr. “In The Garden”, “Shower of Blessings” and a CD selection of the “United States Coast Guard Song” were played. Pallbearers were Tom Stickler, Bradley Williams, Jackson Williams, Marshall Austin, Joshua Crabtree and Josh Theissen.. Honarary pallbearers were Christopher Williams, Don Williams, Jim Williams, Gary Williams, Glen Williams, Richard Williams, David WilliamsJohn Cochrane and Ronald Surber. Military honors: United States Coast Guard and American Legion Post #285. Interment at Edgewood Cemetery Chillicothe, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to Operation Help and/or Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church and/or the North Missouri Baptist Home Chillicothe Campus and may be left at or mailed to Lindley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 47, Chillicothe, Missouri 64601. Online condolences may be made at www.lindleyfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Missouri.

Susan Beyer

Services for Susan Beyer, age 66, of Chilicothe, Missouri, who passed away on October 24, 2018 were on November 2, 2018 at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe, Missouri. Officiant was Rev. Stan Saunders. A private family inurnment will be held at Dutch Hill Cemetery in Spring Bluff, MO. Arrangements under the direction of Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Missouri.

Mark Edward Burton

Mark Edward Burton, age 43, a resident of Chillicothe, Missouri, passed away on Saturday, October 27, 2018 in Chillicothe, Missouri. Services were at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Chillicothe, Missouri on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Officiant was Rev. Alan Hubbard. Organist was Carol Hubbard. Congregational hymns were “How Great Thou Art” and “My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less”. Pallbearers were John Burton, Michael Burton, Jimmie Still, Lantz Tipton, Steve Epperson, Justin Sizemore, Arte Boon and Mike Lewis. Honorary pallbearers were Kevin Burton, Matt Burton, Daniel Burton, Andrew Burton and David Burton. Interment is at Arkadelphia Cemetery in Hale, Missouri. Arrangements under the direction of Lindley Funeral Home of Chillicothe, Missouri.