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Kathryn Walls

Jul 29, 1947 - Dec 04, 2023

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Independence, MO

Kathryn Pearl Walls, 76, of Independence, Missouri passed away on Monday, December 4, 2023. Kathryn was born to Gearl and Lennie Walls on July 29, 1947 in California, Missouri. After graduating from William Chrisman High School Kathryn landed her career with Southwestern Bell telephone company. She was a telephone operator for over 32 years before retirement. Kathryn was the oldest of 6 children so she was a natural caregiver her entire life. She may not have had any children of her own but she...Read More

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Betty M. Brumble

May 08, 1934 - Feb 26, 2024

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Independence, MO

Independence, Missouri - Betty M. Brumble, 89, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, February 26, 2024. Betty was born on May 8, 1934, to William H. and Dessie M. (Wyrick) Fritchey in Seneca, Missouri. Betty dedicated many years of her life to service, retiring from the Wyandotte County Courthouse where she served as an Administrative Assistant. Her commitment to her work was matched only by her unwavering devotion to her family. A woman of boundless love and generosity, Betty prioritized her family above all else. She found solace and joy in the beauty of nature, often spending her free time gardening or taking leisurely walks outdoors. Additionally, Betty found excitement in the simple pleasures of life, enjoying regular visits to the casino and the thrill of slot machines. Despite life's challenges, Betty maintained a positive outlook and rarely complained. She possessed a deep appreciation for the smaller moments in life and took great pleasure in reminiscing about her childhood, sharing her knowledge of the outdoors, and reading The Bible. Betty is preceded in death by her parents, William H. and Dessie M. Fritchey, and her beloved husband, Charles W. Brumble. She is survived by her siblings Bonnie Bettis, Bill Fritchey, Buster Fritchey, and Bertha Hill. Betty (Nonnie) leaves behind a legacy of love and devotion through her surviving children: son Robert K. and wife, Sue Hendrickson; daughter Rita J. Hester; and son Charles K. and wife, Trini Brumble. She will be dearly missed by her grandchildren Brian Hendrickson, Amy Gonzalez, Kimberly Canzonere, Jeremy Hendrickson, Phillip Kane Hendrickson, Stacey Jo Horner, Anthony Conklin, and Jessica Booth, along with her twenty-four great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Betty's compassionate heart, steadfast spirit, and gentle demeanor touched the lives of all who knew her. Her memory will forever be cherished and her legacy will continue to inspire future generations. A graveside service will be held on Friday, March 8, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. at Chapel Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 701 N 94th Street, Kansas City, KS 66112 To to the family or in memory of Betty M. (Fritchey) Brumble, please

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Dorothy Juanita Sevy

May 28, 1925 - Feb 28, 2024

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Independence, MO

Dorothy Juanita (Bilquist) Sevy, 98, of Independence, MO, went to be with Jesus, Tuesday, February 28th, 2024, while surrounded by family. A visitation will be held from 6-8 pm on Monday, March 4th, 2024 at Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E. 39th St, Independence, MO 64055. Funeral service will be held Tuesday, March 5th, 2024 at 10am at Buckner Restoration Branch Church, 2607 N. Twyman Rd, Independence, MO 64058. Burial to immediately follow at Mound Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care (www.crossroadshospice.com) and/or Buckner Restoration Branch Church (www.bucknerrb.org). Dorothy was one of 9 children, born to George and Alma (Hockenson) Bilquist on May 28, 1925, in Independence, MO. In 1942, she was a graduate of Buckner High School. She continued on to college, where she received a teaching certificate from Central Missouri State Teachers College. Dorothy taught all grades in a one room school house, then went on to teach kindergarten, 2nd and 7th grades at Blue Mills Elementary School. Even though Dorothy was a teacher, she was also a woman of many other trades. She served as a stenographer for the Navy in WWII, was a hairstylist for friends and her sweet Gordon, and was a controller for Clark Manufacturing, Standard Oil, John Knox Village and Greenstreet Interiors, before retiring in 1983. On February 15, 1946, Dorothy married her sweetheart, Gordon Frederick Sevy and the pair soon adopted two children, Nancy Colleen and Mark Alan. Dorothy was a longtime member of the Buckner Restoration Branch Church, where she sang in the choir, offered her ministry of music through song and the piano, taught Sunday school and vacation bible school and was a true, and faithful servant of the Lord. She was a wonderful wife, excellent mother, an outstanding grandmother and a dear friend to many. Dorothy loved to sing and play the piano, travel to enjoy natures beauty with Gordon and friends, and spend quality time with those she loved most. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon, of 73 years, both of her parents, and several siblings, Wesley, Daniel, Judith, Percy, Maude and George. She is survived by her daughter, Nancy (Marty) Bolyard; son, Mark (Natalie) Sevy; granddaughter, Whitney Sevy; grandson, Tyler (Amy) Sevy and great grandson, Gordon Michael Sevy; sisters, Ruth Hontz and Joyce Johnston; her oldest friend, Harriett "Sammie" Wilson; and many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.Dorothy was loved by everyone who knew her; she will be greatly missed. Online condolences may be expressed at www.speakschapel.com (Arrangements: Speaks Suburban Chapel (816) 373-3600)

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Barbara Ann Martin

Dec 31, 1946 - Feb 18, 2024

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Independence, MO

In Loving Memory of Barbara Ann Martin December 31, 1946 – February 18, 2024 It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Barbara Ann Martin on February 18, 2024, at the Independence Rehabilitation Center in Independence, Missouri. Born on the last day of 1946, Barb, as she was affectionately known, was a spirited and vibrant soul whose warmth and kindness touched many. Barbara was the cherished daughter of the late Raymond and Ruth Rahe, whose legacy of resilience she carried with her throughout her life. She now rejoins them, along with her beloved husband, Jimmy Lee Martin, in eternal peace. Barb’s memory will forever be cherished by her children: Marty Martin, Shelia Farmer, Jena Farmer (Chris Farmer), and Kevin Martin. Her spirit lives on through her grandchildren: Stacey Dell (Dillard Dell), Teresa Martin, Zack Brown, Brittany Tinder (Desmond Tinder), Brandi Carter (Levi Carter), Brooke Hamilton (Chris Hamilton), Nicholas Martin (Taylor Martin), and Chelsey Martin. Barb was also blessed with fifteen great-grandchildren, who brought immense joy and laughter into her life. Barb was known for her spunky and vivacious personality, a true “pistol” and “fistea” in every sense. Her love for music filled her home with melodies, while her passion for gardening brought beauty to the world through her cherished rose garden. Many will remember the countless hours spent in deep conversation on her front porch, where she shared laughter and love. As we say goodbye to Barbara Ann Martin, we also celebrate her remarkable life—a life full of love, laughter, and the beauty of simple pleasures. Barb’s legacy will continue to inspire those who were fortunate enough to know her. She will be dearly missed, but her spirit will remain with us, guiding and comforting us in the days to come. Barb’s journey on this earth may have ended, but her light will continue to shine in the hearts of those she loved. Rest in peace, dear Barbara. You were loved beyond words and will be missed beyond measure. Obituary submitted by the family. Arrangements: Royer’s New Salem Funeral Home Independence, MO (816) 796-8600

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EDITH MARIE CARROLL

Sep 20, 1933 - Feb 22, 2024

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Independence, MO

EDITH "EDIE" MARIE CARROLL, 90, Independence, MO, passed away Thursday, February 22, 2024, at Wilshire at Lakewood Rehab Center. Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 27th, with funeral services to follow at 10 a.m., at the Park Lawn Chapel; burial in Green Lawn Cemetery, Kansas City, MO.Mrs. Carroll was born September 20, 1933, in Belle, MO. She retired from Research Hospital after more than 25 years of service and then re-entered the workforce at the age of 63 as a dialysis nurse for DCI, which was supposed to be on-call or as needed. She ended up working more than 40 hours a week for an additional 17 years, until a month before her 80th birthday when vision problems surfaced and prevented her from performing the job any longer. Mrs. Carroll was an avid reader, known for always having a stack of romance novels lying on the table next to her favorite chair in the living room.Mrs. Carroll was preceded in death by her parents, John and Laura Glandon; husband Alonzo "Lonnie" Carroll; grandson, Anthony Meunier; sisters, Daisy Scarlett and Shirley Carroll; and, brothers, Bob, James, Eugene, and John Scarlett.She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Muenks and her husband, Doug Muenks; granddaughter, Angela Meunier; sisters, Nora Johnson and Dottie Sansoucie; and, several nieces and nephews.

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Mark Douglas Lohman

Aug 12, 1959 - Feb 22, 2024

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Independence, MO

While engaging in one of his many hobbies, Mark Douglas Lohman, of Independence, Missouri, stepped into eternity with Jesus on Thursday, February 22, 2024; a very untimely and unexpected shock to his family and friends, as he was always a glowing picture of health and vitality. The family awaits the results of an autopsy report for the final cause of death.There will be a public visitation Thursday evening, February 29th, at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Road, Kansas City, MO, 64138, from 6-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to All For Moms Foundation, and can be made online at www.allformomsfoundation.org, or by check made payable to All For Moms Foundation, with "Mark Lohman" in the memo line.A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. Mark was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on August 12th, 1959, to Wesley and Blondena (nee Smith) Lohman, and except for some time he spent at Southwest Baptist University during his college years, has lived in the KC metro area his whole life. A multi-faceted person, he was so many things to so many people. It is daunting to try to define all the energy that was Mark Lohman. The task is like trying to contain a Texas tornado! (He would greatly appreciate that reference, ask his children and friends, severe weather and the threat of tornadic activity was but one feature of his many passions.) Everyone who knew Mark knew he had a zeal for life. He approached all he did with an electric intensity. Whatever pursuit he took up, he gave it his all.Mark enjoyed a close family growing up, with one set of grandparents next door, and cousins in the area. He loved retelling stories of the happy holiday gatherings with family all around, as his mom, aunts, and grandmothers were all great cooks and hostesses.Mark worked with various companies in the security industry since 1988, to include ADT, GE, Siemens, Stanley, and the last almost ten years being with Electronic Supply in midtown KC. He had many colleagues with whom he stayed in contact through the years.Music was a huge part of who Mark was. You can’t separate him from his music. Early in high school the seed of his love of music sprouted and bloomed big in his heart. He was involved in many contests and achieved high honors throughout his educational life. He graduated from the Conservatory of Music at UMKC with a Bachelor of Music degree, went on to pursue a Masters in Saxophone Performance, and developed into an accomplished musician who would, his whole life, play professionally around the Kansas City region. His most recent "gig" was being a part of the local band "One Night Stand", a talented group of men who played mostly classic rock. He thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie and great friendships they shared. He also played with Platinum Express and Rogers’ Brothers Heritage. Mark made many lifelong friends in the music industry.What a dynamic woodwinds player! He could set fire to the keys on his sax! He also played clarinet and flute, as well as the piano and drums. His mom used to drily comment on the seeming fortune they spent on instruments, lessons, and travel, but she always beamed with pride when sitting in a church pew hearing him play, knowing they had gotten a wonderful return on their investment.The passion Mark had for music was so evident when he played. Because it was anointed, it moved people on an emotional level. He served on several church music ministry teams through the years, always humbled to be part of the design to lift the body of Christ into a reverent and worshipful time of praise to the Lord. Being able to lead others to the throne of Grace was one of Mark’s greatest joys.He was equally at home in his delivery of a Jazz or Big Band piece, or a rock song like Deacon Blues or Nights in White Satin. At one gig on a particular Saturday night at a local venue, he was playing the solo part of Nights in White Satin, with such emotion that one of the customers kept throwing money at him on the stage, apparently so moved by Mark’s rendition (or so the story goes). Mark just had that ability to bring the heat. He LIVED for his music, it was therapy to him in many ways.A wonderful and encouraging teaching/mentor, he taught music lessons through the years, loving to pour his ardent love of jazz – and music in general - into young minds. To say that Mark was passionate about outdoor sports would truly be an understatement. If it had feathers, fins, or antlers, he had a devotion to it. An avid hunting enthusiast, he was craaaaazy about deer hunting, especially the trips he shared with his then-teenage son, Austin - out of which came a number of humorous stories. Mark also loved to turkey hunt with his dad, son, and friends; as well many bird hunting trips with "the guys". And we can’t forget the fishies! His grandmother and mother gave him his love of " wetting a line", and many were the hilarious stories of family fishing forays. When he and his wife Lisa took weekend trips, a fishing pole and some minimal equipment always clandestinely found their way somewhere to the back of the vehicle. Lisa often joked that if he had the chance, he would literally fish in a puddle, and she wasn’t too far from the truth. Patriotism and his faith in Jesus were another huge slice of who Mark was. He loved America and was saddened by the direction of the country the last thirty years or so. He was a man of strong belief in the ideas of Conservatism and could at times, unintentionally, get sideways with people of a different stripe if their ideas differed from his, and he let his dedication to the topic get the best of him. The older he got, that he did this grieved him. While his ideals did not change, his communication of them softened, especially after the death of his parents. His desire became about honoring the memory of his dad, for whom sharing Jesus was the more important topic. Married for 37 years to Lisa, they shared a great affection for the outdoors, which proved to be a life-long bond in their marriage, whether it was simply enjoying working in their yard, a companionable silence around their firepit, working together on never-ending projects around their home, taking serendipitous roadtrips, bike riding, or hiking. They also enjoyed doing various mission projects. They loved to laugh and have fun. According to their son, they had their "own brand" of humor (and apparently he is not the only one to think this!) – but their humor, too, was a bond that enabled them to battle through tough times. Mark had a never-ending supply of hilarious Three Stooges and Barney Fife clips that he shared with her, in spite of her protestations about it being the 475th time she had had to endure Barney Fife reciting his "Juanita" poem. Mark was a devoted father, a fun one at that (meaning Lisa was often saddled with the onerous task of discipline, as the kids tell it). His three children, Ashley, Kaitlyn, and Austin were a huge part of who Mark was. He especially enjoyed their activities as kids, whether dancing, twirling, or cheerleading; from BVAC basketball and soccer in grade school all the way through high school sports and assorted activities. He was known to be a vigorous and vocal "supporter" from the bleachers, often assisting referees with what he felt was NEEDED bleacher-side advice (they never seemed too grateful about that, though?). He was crazy proud of each of his kids’ accomplishments, from kindergarten to the present. He immensely enjoyed the adults they have become and could often be somewhat startled - and challenged - at times when their strong perspectives on a topic differed from his.Mark lamented how busy life was for families; sad there never seemed enough time to spend more time with his kids and grandchildren. Sadly, the littlest ones will grow up not knowing just what a fun "Pop" and "PiPiLi" (just ask) he was. Mark lost his parents within 39 days of each other in 2022, and had not overcome their loss. To know that he has been reunited with them, and others who have gone ahead of him, brings Lisa a peace that passes all understanding. We who loved him and yet remain here, have a big hole in our hearts, but because of the work Jesus did on the Cross, our eternity, like Mark’s, is made secure in Heaven, and we can trust we will be reunited with those whom we loved who've gone on ahead of us, just like Mark.Mark was preceded in death by his cherished mother and father, Blondena and Wesley Lohman; a brother, Gary Stephen Lohman, and numerous aunts and uncles.He is survived by his beloved wife, Lisa (nee Irving) Lohman of Independence; beloved daughters Ashley White (Brandon), of Tonganoxie, KS, and Kaitlyn Hauser (Isaac), of Lee’s Summit; beloved son, Austin Lohman (Allie) of Spring Hill, KS; five beloved grandchildren, Parker, Foster, and Claire White, of Tonganoxie, KS; and Easton and Rylan Lohman, of Spring Hill, KS; and a number of beloved cousins on both side of his family. A blazing light has gone through the sky and passed quickly – too quickly – into eternity. We pray that in the way you knew Mark, his memory will always blaze a smile across your heart. In lieu of flowers, Mark would be thrilled to know you made a donation to his daughter-in-law’s mission-oriented organization, All For Moms Foundation. You may do that online at allformomsfoundation.org, or by check the night of his visitation. Please make your check to All For Moms Foundation, and be sure to put Mark Lohman in the memo line.

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Gwendolyn Gale Leach

Sep 20, 1945 - Feb 23, 2024

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Independence, MO

Gwendolyn Gale Leach, 78, of Independence, Missouri, passed away on Friday, February 23, 2024 at Independence Rehab of Independence. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 10:00 AM at Eastside Church, 19901 RT-78, Independence, MO 64057. Inurnment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri.Gale was born on September 20, 1945 in Kansas City, Missouri to Bernard and Gwendolyn (Johnson) McManamin. She was married to William "Bill" leach who preceded her in death.

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Charles Bartocci

Jan 20, 1955 - Feb 03, 2024

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Independence, MO

Retired USCG Charles Bartocci, 69, of Topeka, passed away on February 3, 2024, in Independence, Missouri.He was born in Orlando, Florida on January 20, 1955, the son of Pasquale and Estelle (Vincent) Bartocci. Charles served his country in the United States Coast Guard for 30 years. He was most recently a Training Specialist for Homeland Security with the Coast Guard. He enjoyed working for his country and those whom he was associated with in his many positions over the years.He enjoyed kayaking, golfing, cooking, was an artist and a loyal Royals Baseball fan.He married Jacqueline Williams on August 16, 1997, in Topeka, Kansas. She survives. He is also survived by a step-son, Jordan Turner and his siblings, Cathy (Joe) Beaudoin, Tommy (Sharon) Bartocci and Annette Cobb. He was preceded in death by both of his parents.A Memorial service with military honors provided by the Coast Guard will be held at 11:00 A.M., on Saturday, February 17th, at Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home. His family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Meals on Wheels or to the Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Fund and sent in care of Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, Kansas 66603.Online condolences and fond memories may be left at www.brennanmathenafh.com.

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Jessica Dawn Russell Koehler

Died : Feb 09, 2024

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Independence, MO

Jessica Dawn Russell Koehler, 47, of Independence, Missouri passed away unexpectedly on February 9, 2024. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at Heart of God Fellowship, 3720 Buckner-Tarseny, Buckner, Missouri 64015. Visitation will be from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM with service from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM.Jessika was a kind soul; caring mother; and amazing partner. She was incredibly intelligent and loved her kids most of all. She was loud and proud to the very end.Jessika is survived by her children: Michael Russell, Nicholas Russell-Gamble, and Alexus Gamble; mother, Lisa Smothers; father, Dennis Russell; fiancée, Terisha Janeski; siblings: Tracee Gulley, Shaun Jack, and Scott Jack; nephews: Devan Brown, Kayden Russell, Toby Pointer, and JC Ault; niece, Audrey and many more family and friends.Jessika was a shining star that will be forever missed but never forgotten.

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Janessa Cherie Russell

Died : Feb 09, 2024

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Independence, MO

Janessa Cherie Russell, 44, of Independence, Missouri passed away unexpectedly on February 9, 2024. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at Heart of God Fellowship, 3720 Buckner-Tarseny, Buckner, Missouri 64015. Visitation will be from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM with service from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM.Janessa had a bubbly personality, infectious laughter, and always gave 100% to anything she put her mind to. She loved Mexican Coca-Cola; and she had a need for speed. Janessa overcame her fear of heights through skydiving. She was a loving mother who loved spending time with her kids. Being a good Mom was her proudest of many accomplishments.Janessa is survived by her children: Devan Brown, Kayden Russell, and Toby Pointer; mother, Lisa Smothers; father, Dennis Russell; fiancée, Terisha Janeski; siblings: Tracee Gulley, Shaun Jack, and Scott Jack; nephews: JC Ault, Nicholas Russell-Gamble, Michael Russell; nieces, Audrey and Alexus Gamble; and God Child, Kelsie Petty(Roettgen) and many more family and friends.Janessa was a shining star that will be forever missed but never forgotten.

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Christopher Timothy Meixueiro

Aug 22, 1970 - Feb 21, 2024

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Independence, MO

Christopher Timothy Meixueiro, known to many as Chris, passed away in Independence, Missouri at the age of 53. His life was one dedicated to the art of carpentry, where he served diligently as a member of the carpenter's union, the Mid-America Carpenters Regional Council, for many years. Chris was not only a skilled craftsman but also a patient teacher who shared his knowledge with friends and family whenever the opportunity arose.Born on August 22, 1970, in Kansas City, Missouri, Chris grew up to be a man of exceptional character. Described as having the kindest and most incredible heart, he exemplified selflessness and generosity in all aspects of his life. Always ready to offer a helping hand to those in need, Chris touched the lives of many with his compassionate nature. Apart from his professional life, Chris found joy in various hobbies and interests. He had a particular fondness for delicious food, especially relishing his mother's cooking. An avid player of games like chess and scrabble, he cherished moments spent competing with loved ones. His love for dogs was evident, especially towards his own furry companions. In his leisure time, Chris sought solace in nature through activities like fishing and canoeing. Family was everything to Chris. He treasured moments spent with his loved ones above all else, although his nieces, nephews, and brothers-in-law held a special place in his heart.Chris is preceded in passing by his father, Fausto Meixueiro; and his niece, Christina (Meixueiro) Ferguson. He is survived by his mother, Angelina Cole; and siblings, Fausto Meixueiro, Jr. of Kansas City, MO; Angela Grady (Brian) of Kansas City, MO; Teresa Crane (Robert) of Independence, MO; Ricardo "Ricky" Meixueiro of Kansas City, MO; Annette Meixueiro of Sugar Creek, MO; Robin Meixueiro of Olathe, KS; and Rebecca (Bryan) Garrett of Raymore, MO; half-sister Elizabeth Harpool of Kansas City, MO; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.Chris' family will greet guests during his visitation at Speaks Suburban Chapel on Friday, March 1, 2024, from 5-7 PM. His service will begin at 7 PM immediately following visitation.

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