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Ruth Baum Bigus
''Coots'' Dye, 1912-1998
Obituary for Elbert James "Coots" Dye, a Kansas City jazz pianist. Dye moved to Kansas City in the 1930's, and later received the Kansas City Jazz Heritage Award.
''I Loved Every Minute of Being a Senator''
August 1, 2004
Article reporting the death of Missouri Senator Harry Wiggins at age 71. Wiggins' political career spanned 28 years in the state Senate, where he represented a large portion of Kansas City, Missouri.
A KC Legend Dies
October 7, 2006
Article reports the death of John Jordan "Buck" O'Neil, at the age of 94, on October 6, 2006. O'Neil was a baseball legend who "came to symbolize the glory of the Negro Leagues" and the richness of Kansas...
A Loss for the Community
September 25, 2013
Obituary for local philanthropist Marion Helzberg Bloch who died at the age of 83 of a brain tumor. Marion was a lifelong resident of Kanass City and the wife of H&R Block co-founder Henry Bloch. The Blochs'...
A Model of Commitment
April 25, 2009
Photo and obituary Of Gertrude Hooker Keith (1915-2009), the first African American woman on the Kansas City school board and the first director of the Wayne Miner Housing Project. An active community...
A True Friend of Education
September 2, 2011
Tribute to James Coen of Blue Springs who taught history at Fort Osage High School for many years and later served 13 years on the Blue Springs, Missouri, school board. Coen died August 6, 2011.
A Very Tough Act to Follow
April 30, 2011
Tribute to Elizabeth Kostelac of Kansas City who died March 29, 2011. Kostelac taught ice and roller skating at the Pla-Mor Ballroom at Linwood and Main. She also performed at the Pla-Mor's water shows...
Activist Madeline Wrobley Dies at 74
June 15, 2013
Obituary for Madeline Wrobley, described as an important leader in Kansas City politics and civic leadership. Wrobley once led both the Kansas City League of Women Voters as well as the local chapter of...
Alan B. Feingold
February 16, 2011
Obituary for Alan Feingold who died February 7, 2011. Feingold established his own architectural firm, Feingold Associates Architecture and Design, in 1971.
Alexander W. Doniphan Is Honored
The majority of this issue is about Alexander W. Doniphan. It begins with a list of numerous places and things named for Doniphan and continues with transcribed extractions from newspapers about the Doniphan...
Andrew Jackson Higgins Obituary
September 18, 2011
The Honorable Andrew Jackson Higgins, native of Platte City, Missouri, died September 14, 2011. Higgins practiced law from 1948-1960 at Platte City and served three terms as Prosecuting Attorney of Platte...
Arthur A. Jackson Sr.
March 1, 2007
Obituary for Art Jackson, who died November 19, 2006. At the time of his death, Jackson was the oldest continuous member of the Scamps, and during his career he also played with Jay McShann, Gene Krupa,...
December 1-7, 2006
Obituary for Kansas City jazz musician Arthur Jackson. Jackson attended Douglass and Attucks Elementary Schools, Lincoln High School, and R. T. Coles Vocational School. He played the clarinet, tenor sax,...
Banker William Nelson Dies at 77
August 9, 2014
Obituary for banker and civic activist William C. Nelson. Details of Nelson's long career in banking and finance as well as his many contributions to area civic and charitable organizations are provided....
Beloved Coach Remembered Fondly
February 1, 2013
Obituary for Dale Williams, head coach of the girls basketball program at Fort Osage High School. Williams' long coaching career is detailed. Former associates and students describe the ways he positively...
Bishop Boland Dies at Age 82
February 28, 2014
Obituary for Raymond James Boland, the fifth bishop and spiritual leader of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. A summary of Boland's life and career is provided. Friends and colleagues of...
Busch Voigts Obituary
April 10, 2011
Busch Voigts died January 24, 2011, in Sun City, Arizona. Voigts was "the grandson of two pioneer Johnson County families." Voigts did barnstorming throughout the West during the 1934-35 Depression years,...
Car Dealer Was Area Fixture
March 27, 2008
Local car dealer R. Lloyd Ketcham died March 8, 2008, at the age of 97. He opened his own car dealership in Liberty, Missouri, in 1950. Ketcham Oldsmobile then moved to Independence in 1958. It still remains...
October 24, 2011
Obituary for Clark Gerald Redick, attorney in the states of Ohio, Missouri, New York, and with the Supreme Court. He came to Kansas City in 1989 as Senior Vice President/Operations for the then Utilicorp...
Claude ''Fiddler'' Williams
Obituary for Claude "Fiddler" Williams, who died in Kansas City April 25, 2004 at the age of 96. Williams last performace was at the Club at Plaza III in December, 2003.
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