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Sharon Ragsdale

Apr 17, 1951 - Sep 01, 2023

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Norborne, MO

Sharon Lee Ragsdale, 72, of Springfield, Missouri, formerly of Norborne, Missouri, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on Thursday, August 31, 2023. Sharon was born April 17, 1951 in Rumford, Maine, the daughter of George E. and Mary J. Masterman. She worked for Combined Insurance for 20 years before retiring in 2007. Sharon enjoyed leisure travel and spending time with family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Ross and Lewis; and one sister,...Read More

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Harold Martin

Apr 22, 1943 - Nov 18, 2023

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Norborne, MO

Rev. Harold Martin crossed over the threshold into glory at 06:50 A. M. on November 18, 2023, at his residence. Rev. Martin was born April 22, 1943, in Richmond, MO, to Ina Mae (Wrisinger) Martin and Clifford Franklin Martin, Sr. Rev. Martin attended Fairview school in rural Carroll County, Norborne, and Henrietta elementary schools and Richmond R-XVI High School, graduating in 1961. He was married in September 1961. Three children were born of that marriage: Karon, Melody, and Duane. Rev. Martin later married Sharon Lou Fox Seely in October 1979. Sharon brought three daughters into the marriage: Cindy, Sheri, and Julie. Sharon preceded Mr. Martin in death on August 25, 2011. He is survived by six children: Cindy Lou Seely, Sheri Ann Watkins, Karon Evaun Pantera, Melody Dawn Martin, Julie Kay Kramer, and Duane Allen Martin; 19 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and three great- great-grandchildren. Mr. Martin was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and grandson, Jacob Sallee. In June 1962, Mr. Martin began his career at Ford Motor Company's assembly plant at Claycomo, MO. That lasted 30. 5 years. Mr. Martin retired from Ford Motor Company in October 1992. Mr. Martin played guitar and sang, entertaining the residents of Shirkey's Nursing Home and the Trails End in Lexington for several years, even before he retired from Ford Motor Company. Mr. Martin also founded and organized "The Gloryland Express" a bluegrass gospel group. This group ministered to churches and nursing homes. They also had their own bus to travel around this part of the state. For several years, the group had a 30-minute live radio program featuring bluegrass gospel music and a short presentation of the gospel. In 1995, Mr. Martin started his life in ministry by being called as pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church. Mr. Martin served there for 12 plus years leading the congregation from an attendance of nine, when he began there as pastor, to an average of 60 to 65 when he resigned. During those 12 years, he also served as a volunteer in the following organizations: Ray County Salvation Army advisory board for 12 years- 10 of them as secretary of said advisory board, Community 2000 Board, Richmond Ministerial Alliance- serving 2 years as president, and Senior Citizen advisory board. After resigning from Hickory Grove, Mr. Martin served two years as administrative assistant to Dr. Jerry Palmer, Director of Missions in Heartland Baptist Association located in Lawson, MO. Rev. Martin then accepted a call to serve as pastor of FBC of Cowgill, MO. In 2014, he was forced to resign because of his health. Over the years of ministry, Mr. Martin organized "The God Squad," a seniors group ministry to seniors and nursing home residents in at least four counties. Rev. Martin also wrote a religious column called "Reflections of Grace". The column was featured in The Richmond Daily News for several years. Mr. Martin held several positions in his local church as well as Heartland Baptist Association before becoming a pastor. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Shirkey Hospice. They can be left at or mailed to Thurman Funeral Home, 507 East Main Street-P. O. Box 190, Richmond, MO 64085. Visitation with memorial services will be held on Friday, November 24, 2023, at Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond, with visitation beginning at 1:00 P. M. , with services to follow at 2:00 P. M. Inurnment will follow services in Hickory Grove Cemetery, northeast of Richmond. Please remember to share your memories of Harold with the family by visiting www. thurmanfuneralhome. com.

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Joseph Richardson

Jun 28, 1958 - Oct 24, 2023

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Norborne, MO

Joseph Randy Richardson, 65, of rural Norborne, died Tuesday, October 24, 2023, at his residence. Joseph was born on June 28, 1958, in Sugar Creek, to Charles Lee and Jeanne (Harrison) Richardson. Survivors include: his mother; brother, Jack Anthony Richardson of Sedalia; and sister, Jennifer (John) Delapp of Higginsville. He was preceded in death by his father, two brothers, James Andrew Richardson, and Charles Cleason Richardson, and sister Melody Brown. Joseph was a graduate of Clinton High School. After high school, he immediately enlisted with the United States Marine Corps. He loved his farm and his 1936 Chevy pickup truck. Joseph enjoyed working on lawnmowers and tractors. Joseph had a love for animals. He had a small, but devoted circle of friends who he cared about dearly. For those wishing to make a memorial in memory of Joseph, the family humbly suggest they be made to the Joseph Richardson memorial fund. Memorials can always be dropped off or mailed to in care of the family, to Thurman Funeral Home, 507 East Main, P. O. Box 190, Richmond, MO 64085. Graveside inurnment services will be held at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville at a later date, to be announced. Please remember to share your memories of Joseph with the family by visiting www. thurmanfuneralhome. com.

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Ronnie Lyon

Oct 27, 1947 - Oct 06, 2023

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Norborne, MO

Ronald Alan Lyon (Ronnie), age 75, of Norborne, Missouri, passed away on Friday, October 6, 2023, at Carroll House in Carrollton. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a. m. until 11:45 a. m. , on Thursday, October 12, 2023, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Norborne, Missouri. Funeral Services will follow at 12:00 (noon). Burial will be in Fairhaven Cemetery, Norborne, Missouri. A complete obituary will be added after family approval.

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Erlene Leakey

May 10, 1934 - Oct 05, 2023

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Norborne, MO

Laura Erlene Leakey, age 89, of Norborne, Missouri, passed away on Thursday, October 5, 2023, at Carroll House in Carrollton. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p. m. until 7:00 p. m. , on Monday, October 9, 2023, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Norborne, Missouri. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a. m. , on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Norborne, Missouri. A complete obituary will be added after family approval.

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Edwin Koontz

Oct 30, 1923 - Sep 21, 2023

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Norborne, MO

Edwin "Lloyd" Koontz, 99, of Norborne, MO, passed away September 21, 2023. Lloyd was born October 30, 1923, north of Norborne, to John T. and Cora B. (Scheible) Koontz. He attended Prairie View School and graduated from Norborne High School in 1942. He married the love of his life, Mildred Dorner on September 15, l946, at the Methodist Parsonage in Bogard. They were blessed with a daughter Janell and a son Troy. He farmed his entire life, starting at an early age with horses on their family farm with his Dad and brothers. Later he and his brother Ralph not only helped one another farm but spent numerous nights sitting in their pickups listening to their foxhounds run. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to others whenever or whatever the need. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, and the Braymer Fox Hunt since 1946 serving as secretary and a judge at the Braymer hunt, other area hunts and state hunts for many years. Along with fox hunting he enjoyed deer and coon hunting, fishing, bowling, and card playing. Later in years he enjoyed feeding and watching the birds and squirrels and gardening where he and Mildred willingly shared produce from their large garden with family, neighbors, and friends. He also enjoyed sports, participating in softball where he played third base (the only position they would allow him to play) for the Rockingham team. Until moving to Norborne in the Freedom Retirement apartments in October 2015, he had lived his entire life within one mile. Survivors include daughter Janell Wright of Springfield, MO, son Troy Allen of Springfield, MO, grandchildren Rebecca (Daniel) Amborne of Eden Prairie, MN, Micheal Koontz and Johnathon Lloyd Koontz of Springfield, MO and great granddaughters Carmyn and Katherine Koontz and great grandsons Nathaniel and Ollie Amborne and Junior Koontz and many wonderful nieces and nephews. Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents, wife Mildred, brothers Ralph E. Koontz, Earl T. Koontz, Dale E. (Dude) Koontz, sisters Mary Eliza (Jane) Wood, Helen L. Costner, Nora D. Fairchild, granddaughter Angela Paulette Kruger, grandson Nathaniel Caleb Kruger, and son-in-law Kenneth Kruger. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the First Baptist Church of Norborne. They can be left at or mailed to Thurman Funeral Home, 507 East Main Street-P. O. Box 190, Richmond, MO 64085. Visitation with funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, at First Baptist Church in Norborne, with visitation beginning at 10:00 A. M. , with services to follow at 11:00 A. M. Burial will be in Fairhaven Cemetery, Norborne. Please remember to share your memories of Lloyd with the family by visiting www. thurmanfuneralhome. com.

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Sharon Ragsdale

Apr 17, 1951 - Sep 01, 2023

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Norborne, MO

Sharon Lee Ragsdale, 72, of Springfield, Missouri, formerly of Norborne, Missouri, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on Thursday, August 31, 2023. Sharon was born April 17, 1951 in Rumford, Maine, the daughter of George E. and Mary J. Masterman. She worked for Combined Insurance for 20 years before retiring in 2007. Sharon enjoyed leisure travel and spending time with family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Ross and Lewis; and one sister, Kay. Sharon leaves behind Gene Hagemeier of the home; one brother, Frank Masterman; four children, Chad Craig, Tina Bowman, Nina Wilhelm, and Adrienne Moore; as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Her care has been entrusted to Walnut Lawn Funeral Home, Ltd. DeGraffenreid-Wood Crematory.

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Delbert Brock

Jul 25, 1933 - Jul 25, 2023

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Norborne, MO

Delbert Lee Brock, 90, of Blue Springs, formerly of Norborne and Pittsburg, passed away on Tuesday, July 25, 2023, at Cedarhurst Assisted Living and Memory Care in Blue Springs. Delbert was born on July 25, 1933, in Norborne, the son of Miley and Ida (Buehler) Brock. He was united in marriage to Doris Marie Glenn of Norborne on June 2, 1956; she preceded him in death on February 14, 2011. Survivors include: two sons, Duane Allen (Christi) Brock of Lee's Summit and Darin Ray Brock of Kansas City; granddaughter, Elizabeth Christine (Gregory) Sheets of Columbia; special friend, Janet McCracken of Lee's Summit; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, three brothers, George Brock, John Brock, and one brother in infancy, and sister, Ida Knutelski. Delbert was reared and educated in the area of his birth. After high school, he was drafted into the United States Army, during the Korean Conflict, where he proudly served his country. Once he returned from the war, he worked for the local railroad. Delbert worked as a telephone man for 39 years for Southwest Bell and AT&T until he retired as a Communications Tech. While living in Pittsburg, Delbert had a beautiful view of the lake and sunsets. He loved spending time at Pomme De Terre Lake, where he liked crappie fishing. Delbert was an all-around great cook. His family especially enjoyed his exceptional fish frying abilities. Delbert loved traveling to see the fall colors and visiting National Parks. He loved to grow and share his garden produce. Delbert was also fond of feeding the birds and watching wildlife. He was an active member of the Antioch Christian Church in Pittsburg. Delbert will be dearly missed by all his family and friends. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Association. They can be left at or mailed to Thurman Funeral Home, 507 East Main Street-P. O. Box 190, Richmond, MO 64085. Visitation with funeral services will be held on Friday, August 4, 2023, at Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond, with visitation beginning at 12:00 P. M. , with services to follow at 1:00 P. M. Burial will be in Fairhaven Cemetery, Norborne, with full military honors. Please remember to share your memories of Delbert with the family by visiting www. thurmanfuneralhome. com.

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Evan Vandiver

Died : Jul 13, 2023

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Norborne, MO

Evan R. Vandiver, 19, of Richmond, entered Heaven on Thursday, July 13, 2023, after a tragic small plane crash near Lake of the Ozarks. Arrangements are incomplete at this time. A complete obituary will be added after family approval. Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond is in charge of arrangements. Please remember to share your condolences with

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Gladys Norris

Sep 07, 1929 - Jun 17, 2023

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Norborne, MO

Gladys "Luanne" (Wells) Norris, 93, of Leavenworth, KS, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 17, 2023, at Medical Lodges of Leavenworth. Luanne was born on September 7, 1929, in Asherville, the daughter of Robert and Josephine (Buchanan) Lynch. She was united in marriage to Virgil Norris of Richmond on March 13, 1955; he preceded her in death on September 3, 2000. Survivors include: daughter, Rebekah A. O'Dell of Lexington; friends, Fred Kelly and Deloris Creason; and other extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, Ross H. Norris, two brothers, Thomas Lynch and Charles Lynch, and two sisters, Lois Smith and Grace Smith. Luanne was reared and educated across Kansas and Missouri. She was a housewife and homemaker. Luanne was of the Christian faith and was a member of the Fleming Baptist Church. She will be dearly missed by all her family and friends. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Fleming Baptist Church. They can be left at or mailed to Thurman Funeral Home, 507 East Main Street-P. O. Box 190, Richmond, MO 64085. Visitation with funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 29, 2023, at Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond, with visitation beginning at 2:00 P. M. , with services to follow at 3:00 P. M. Burial will be in Richmond Memory Gardens. Please remember to share your memories of Luanne with the family by visiting www. thurmanfuneralhome. com.

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Kay Vandiver

Nov 15, 1935 - Jun 14, 2023

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Norborne, MO

Kay Frances (Pigg) Vandiver, 87, of Richmond, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed into the loving arms of the Lord on Wednesday, June 14, 2023, at Oak Ridge Assisted Living in Richmond. A visitation will take place from 5-8 p. m. on Sunday, June 18, at the Richmond United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 19 at 10:30 a. m. , also at the United Methodist Church, followed immediately by graveside burial at South Point Cemetery on Bruns Road in Orrick. Kay was born on November 15, 1935 in Kansas City to Fon and Jewell Pigg, who preceded her in death. A proud and lifelong resident of Ray County, she grew up in Orrick and graduated from Orrick High School in 1954. She married Bob Vandiver in Orrick on January 14, 1956, enjoying 57 years of marriage until Bob's death in 2013. From their union, Kay and Bob had four children, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She is survived by a son, Dale Vandiver of Richmond; his children Blaire (Vandiver) Lawrence of Leawood, KS, and her husband Matt; Jake Vandiver of Richmond, and his wife Reanna (Newham) Vandiver; and Gabe Vandiver of Kansas City; a daughter, Sara (Vandiver) Fougere of Columbia, her husband John and sons Drew, Grant and Luke Fougere; and a son, Gary Vandiver, of Richmond, his wife Penny (Holloway) Vandiver, their children Ashton, Abby and Evan Vandiver; and five great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, Kay was predeceased by her oldest son, Jim Bob Vandiver, in 1965, and her daughter-in-law, Kim (Rogers) Vandiver. Kay lived the life of a quintessential American farm wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker, serving as the bookkeeper for the Bob Vandiver Cattle Company for decades while the operation became one of the most successful in the Midwest. Kay and Bob were true partners in the cattle and farm operation. Her skills as a cook were legendary, and she was known to prepare delicious meals to take to the field during silage season, feeding sometimes as many as 20 farm employees from the back of her car. Dedicated to the farm way of life, she served on numerous agricultural boards and committees, most notably the Missouri Cattlewomen's Association and Farm Bureau. Many of her lifelong friends came from the many agriculture committees she served on, and she took great pride in playing the instrumental role in raising the funds for the new headquarters of the Missouri Cattlemen and Cattlewomen's Association in Columbia. For her lifelong dedication, Kay was awarded the Missouri Cattlewoman of the Year in 2003. A strong leader among women who was deeply invested in our American democracy, Kay was active in Democratic Party politics her entire life, tirelessly volunteering on local, state and national campaigns. She was particularly proud of her service to, and friendship with, the late U. S. Congressmen Jerry Litton and Ike Skelton. She loved to follow the news and was always up for an engaging discussion of current events. She was a member of the Richmond United Methodist Church and an avid sports fan, whether it was the Kansas City Chiefs or Richmond High School Spartans. But what Kay was most passionate about was her family, especially her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her years were filled with the joy of welcoming her growing family to the Vandiver farm for holidays and Sunday dinners, where she would express her love through her incredible cooking, laughter and warmth. The most cherished memories of youth for her adoring grandchildren will always be those long-awaited visits to the farm and their beloved Grammy. Donations to honor Kay's memory may be sent to the Richmond Education Endowment Foundation. Memorials can always be left at or mailed to Thurman Funeral Home 507 East Main St. /P. O. Box 190 Richmond, M. O. 64085. Please remember to share your memories of Kay with the family by visiting www. thurmanfuneralhome. com.

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