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Floral Hills East Memorial Gardens

Choosing a funeral home or cemetery can be an overwhelming decision, especially at an emotional time. That's why it is important to know that there really is a difference. Floral Hills East Memorial Gardens has been under the management of D.W. Newcomer’s Sons since 1984. Today, we continue to provide families with quality, compassionate care in a tranquil setting of reflection and remembrance.

Our beautiful cemetery dates back to 1967, when it was originally founded in rural southeastern Jackson County as Forest Hill East. In 1971, the name was changed to Floral Hills East Memorial Gardens. Covering more than 100 acres, Floral Hills East offers a variety of interment options including traditional ground burial, mausoleum entombment, companion lawn crypts and cremation niches. With meticulously maintained grounds and a dedicated and caring staff, Floral Hills East continues to serve generations of area families. Our staff members are committed to serving your family as we would our own—with compassion, understanding and professionalism on which you can rely.

Families can be assured that they will receive personalized, individual attention when making arrangements with Floral Hills East Memorial Gardens. Our caring staff members understand that the loss of a loved one is a very personal experience, and are here to ensure that all your needs are met. At Floral Hills East, we believe that every life is unique, and every service should be too. We celebrate life. And for those who like to plan ahead, we offer The Simplicity Plan® prearrangement program—an easy way to handle an important responsibility.


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Geraldine Thompson

February 11, 1919 - April 7, 2007

Geraldine Murphy Thompson, 88, KCMO, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2007 at St. Luke's Hospital from complications of a stroke. Geraldine was born February 11, 1919 at Norborne, MO. She had four sisters and four brothers. Her parents were Michael Murphy and Lydia Murphy. In 1928 the family moved to Kansas City, MO where she graduated from East High School in 1936. In 1941 she married Paul...
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Delores McArthur

January 18, 1929 - April 5, 2007

Delores J. McArthur, 78, passed away Thursday, April 5, 2007.
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William F. Kuehn

June 13, 1918 - March 29, 2007

William F. Kuehn, 88, of Raytown, Missouri passed away Thursday, March 29, 2007. William was born June 13, 1918 in Hastings, Nebraska to William & Florence Kuehn. He worked for the Department of Labor for over 20 years. His hobbies included bee keeping, genealogy, and repairing clocks. William was preceded in death by his parents, a sister & a brother-in-law. He is survived by his wife of...
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Nola Maxine Nichols

January 19, 1919 - March 28, 2007

Nola Maxine Nichols, 88, passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at the White Ridge Health Center. Maxine worked for the Raytown School district as a Cafeteria Manager. After retirement Maxine and her husband moved to The Lake of the Ozarks, and they spent their winters in Fulton, TX. Maxine was a member of the Longview Baptist Church. Maxine is preceded in death by her husband of 51 years N.J....
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Marguerite Mcguire-Welty

April 14, 1920 - March 26, 2007

Marguerite (McGuire) Welty Beloved Marguerite (McGuire) Welty left us from her home in the early morning on Monday, March 26, 2007. Marguerite was born on April 14, 1920 in Kansas City, Missouri to William V. McGuire and Edith (Perkins) McGuire. She was born in a small home across from the old streetcar barns near 47th and Troost where her father worked as a conductor. During World War II...
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Scott Nantz

June 3, 1961 - March 21, 2007

Scott Brady Nantz Scott Brady Nantz, 45 of Yellville, Arkansas passed away March 21, 2007 in Mountain Home, AR. Scott was born June 3, 1961 in Kansas City, MO to Jackie Ray and Darlene Borchers Nantz. He was an over the road truck driver and had been a resident of Yellville since 1993 moving from Lampe, MO. He married Angela Rose Cameron on October 14, 1995 in Kansas City. Scott was...
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Lynne F. Macdonald

September 15, 1948 - March 20, 2007

Lynne F. Macdonald Lynne F. Macdonald, 58, of Mission, Kansas passed away on March 20, 2007 at Kansas City Hospice House. Interment will be held at Quidnessett Memorial Cemetery, North Kingston, RI.
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Mildred Winnie

November 16, 1918 - March 15, 2007

Mildred Eileen "Grandma' Winnie Mildred Winnie of East Lynne, MO, passed away Thursday, March 15, 2007. Mildred was born in Lake City, Iowa, but her family moved to Missouri when Mildred was an infant and she has always considered Missouri her home. She was one of seven daughters of whom her mother raised by herself during the depression. Mildred would often share memories of her childhood,...
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Thelma Duncan

June 1, 1906 - March 15, 2007

Thelma Elizabeth Duncan Thelma Elizabeth Duncan, 100, passed away March 15, 2007. Thelma was born June 1, 1906 to David and Eudora Cockrill in Platte County. She married Lawrence Duncan on February 19, 1927. Thelma retired from Southwestern Bell after 25 years of service. She resided at John Knox Village for over 30 years and was a Charter Member of the Village Church. Thelma is preceded...
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Violet A. Salyer

March 12, 1918 - March 8, 2007

Violet A. Salyer Violet was a Charter member of Rockwood Baptist Church. Prior to her being a secretary for the Kansas City Public Schools she owned and drove for the Salyer School Bus Service. Violet is preceded in death by her husband Riley Salyer, sister Virginia Hoefer, two brothers, Walter and Park Baggerly, and one son, Charles Thomas Salyer. Survivors include son James Riley Salyer and...
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Shirley Teetor

March 15, 1931 - March 7, 2007

Shirley Teetor Shirley Teetor, 75, passed away Wednesday March 7, 2007 at her home. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband Stan, who passed away in 1999. She is survived by her son Charles "Dub" Teetor of Kansas City, MO, son Mark Teetor and his wife Karie of St. Louis, MO and daughter LeAnne of Kansas City, MO; six grandchildren, Jamie Teetor, Tracy Teetor, Scott Teetor, Suzanne Ruby,...
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Bob Roberts

January 30, 1930 - March 3, 2007

Bob L. Roberts, 77, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2007 at Independence Regional Medical Center. He left peacefully, surrounded by his loving family. Bob was born in St. Joseph, Missouri and moved to Kansas City, Missouri as a child where he met his wife of 56 years. He was a veteran of the Korean War and a retired printer-pressman. Bob's hobbies included "wheeling and dealing" in junk cars,...
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Mildred Pentico

January 11, 1915 - March 2, 2007

Mildred Pentico, 92, of Lee's Summit passed away on Friday, March 2, 2007 at John Knox Village Care Center. She was preceded in death by her husband George in 1995. She is survived by her son David and wife Barbara of Pittsburgh, PA; daughter Sarah (Pentico) Samuel of Lee's Summit; daughter Ruth (Pentico) Bartlett Searle and husband Rod of Waseca, MN; son John of the home; 4 grandchildren -...
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Wilma M. Osiek

April 29, 1927 - March 2, 2007

Wilma Marie Osiek, 79, of Independence, Missouri passed away Friday, March 2, 2007. Wilma was raised in Stover, Missouri and moved to the Independence area when she married Zeke, and had lived in the area for 61 years. Wilma worked for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church. She is survived by her husband Eldred "Zeke" Osiek, sons, Steve Osiek &...
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John Brzoska

January 31, 1914 - February 26, 2007

John J. Brzoska, 93, passed away Monday, February 26, 2007.
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Donald Freeman

December 28, 1916 - February 25, 2007

Donald Hugh Freeman Donald Hugh Freeman died February 25, 2007. Donald was born December 28, 1916 in Marshall Town, Iowa. He resided in Kansas City, MO since 1948. Donald was a member of the East Gate Lodge, The Scottish Rites, he was a Shriner and an ARMY WWII veteran, and a member of the Post 21 American Legion. Donald was preceded in death by his wife's; Daisy Freeman and Fern Freeman. ...
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Kent Matthew Jordon

November 2, 1971 - February 19, 2007

Kent Matthew Jordon Kent Matthew Jordon, 35, of Kansas City, MO passed away on February 19, 2007. Kent was born on November 2, 1971 in Kansas City, MO. He attended Truman High School. Kent is survived by his mother JoAnn Jordon and father Matthew Jordon, sister Kristen Haley, brother-in-law Mike Haley, nieces Mikala Haley and Jordyn Haley. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Harvey...
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Betty Mcdonald

February 20, 1941 - February 17, 2007

Betty Marie McDonald, 66, passed away Saturday, February 17, 2007.
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Ruth L. Gortney

January 19, 1920 - February 16, 2007

Ruth L. Gortney (McCrory), 87 passed away February 16, 2007 at Hidden Lake Care Center. Ruth was born January 19, 1920 to William and Lousia McCrory. She was a homemaker and lived in the Kansas City area for over 20 years. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years Harold C. Gortney. She is survived by sons, Don, Jerry, Ron and wife Kathy, Rick and wife Carol, daughters, Judy...
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Eugene Buell

February 20, 1930 - February 14, 2007

Eugene F. Buell Eugene F. Buell, 76, passed away peacefully February 14, 2007 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born February 20, 1930 in Windsor, Missouri to Carl and Neosha Buell. Gene and his wife, Vera, shared over 28 years of marriage before his death. Gene was a member of First Assembly of God of Independence. He enjoyed several hobbies, including bowling, fishing, and...
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Inez Branton

February 12, 1913 - February 11, 2007

Inez J. Branton, 93, passed away Sunday, February 11, 2007.
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Dorothy Redmon

December 21, 1958 - February 7, 2007

Dorothy Annette Redmon, 48, of Millersburg, MO joined her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, February 7, 2007. Annette was born December 21, 1958 in Wyandotte County, KS to Hazel Irene Rush and Chester Lee Redmon. She graduated from the Unified School District in Kansas City, KS. She resided and worked in the Kansas City area for the majority of her life, relocating with her family to Central...
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William Osthoff

July 21, 1917 - February 7, 2007

William George Osthoff, 89, of Kansas City, MO passed away Wednesday, February 7, 2007. William was born July 21, 1917. He was a graduate of Paseo High School and K.C. Junior College. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He married Jane Martin in March 7, 1942. They had one son, William M. Osthoff, born October 22, 1947. He worked for John Deere Co. serving as both Credit...
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Ota Robie

December 3, 1918 - February 6, 2007

Ota Robie Ota Robie, 88, passed away Tuesday, February 6, 2007 at Truman Medical Center Lakewood. Mrs. Robie was born December 3, 1918 in Paola, KS. She was a homemaker and a seamstress. Ota was preceded in death by her husband, Gwen Robie, daughter, Cathy Robie Steyart, and son, James Robie. Survivors include daughters; Mary Penrose, Prairie Village, KS, Linda Kolovich, Lehigh Acres, FL,...
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Roy Brooks

March 8, 1921 - February 2, 2007

Roy R. Brooks, 85, passed away Friday, February 2, 2007 at Carmel Hills Nursing Home. Roy was born on a farm in Erie, KS. He was the third of three children. The family moved to Joplin, MO and his father opened a small business selling gas, doing repairs, selling wood--anything to make a living. Roy's mother passed away in 1936 at the age of 44. His father remarried a few years later and...
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Letha M. Wertz

April 20, 1920 - January 31, 2007

Letha M. Wertz, 86, passed away, January 31, 2007.
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Henry Fehrman

August 1, 1920 - January 30, 2007

Henry Reeder Fehrman Henry Reeder Fehrman, 86, of Independence, Mo passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2007. Henry was born August 1, 1920 in Garden City, MO. He is survived by two sisters; Emma Fordner and Betty VanThomas of Las Vegas, five step-children by his deceased wife, Dorothy Fehrman (Pennington).
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Idala Aholt

February 28, 1919 - January 24, 2007

Idala (Del) Luella Welsch Aholt, born February 28, 1919, died January 24, 2007 at the age of 87. Born and raised on a farm in Nebraska, she was a hard working girl all her life. She joined the WAAC's during WWII, at which time she met the love of her life and married Marvin J. Aholt on February 10, 1945. They moved to Missouri and settled at their home in Raytown in 1949. Del is survived by...
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Nancy Saunders-Cromer

September 9, 1947 - January 17, 2007

Nancy Marie Saunders-Cromer Nancy Marie Saunders-Cromer, 59, passed peacefully into the loving arms of God on Wednesday, January 17, 2007, at the Kansas City Hospice House. She was born September 4, 1947 in Warrensburg, MO, and raised in Independence. She graduated from Raytown High School and then Central Missouri Sate University with a degree in Education. She taught in Wellington-Napoleon,...
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Esther Pratz

September 7, 1913 - January 11, 2007

Esther P. Sprattler Pratz Esther Pauline Sprattler Pratz entered into eternal life on January 11, 2007, at John Knox Village Care Center in Lee's Summit, MO. Esther was born on September 7, 1913 to Rev. George L. Sprattler and Emma Lange Sprattler in American Falls, ID, as the fifth of nine children. In 1922 she moved with her family to Ashley, ND, where she graduated from High School. Music...
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Kenneth Guetlich

January 31, 1928 - January 2, 2007

Kenneth Earl Guetlich, 78, of Independence, MO, went to heaven to be with the Lord on January 2, 2007. Kenneth was born on January 31, 1928 in Chicago, IL to Lillian and Arthur Guetlich. He served as a Sergeant in the US Army and was honorably discharged in 1952. Ken was employed as an engineer by AT&T for more than 30 years. Over the next twenty years he enjoyed his many hobbies including,...
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George Emerson

October 2, 1941 - December 31, 2006

George Emerson Prior, 65, of Independence, Missouri passed away Sunday, December 31, 2006. George retired from the Southwestern Bell Raytown Division after 36 years of employment. He is survived by his cousins: James E. Combs, Jr. of Atchison, KS; Albert J. Combs of Kansas City, MO; Ralph Prior of Berkley, CA; Donald E. Combs of Lee's Summit, MO.
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Donna Barnes

March 30, 1951 - December 31, 2006

DONNA MARIE BARNES Donna Marie Barnes (55) of Prairie Village, KS was born March 30, 1951, to George Oren and Leona Marie Barnes of Ava, MO. Donna passed away Sunday, December 31, 2006 at the University of Kansas Medical Center, where she had devoted 37 years of her life working in the Department of Urology. Donna was the Urology residency coordinator for over 30 years. She was featured in the...
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Lillian M. Harris

December 13, 1926 - December 31, 2006

Lillie Mae Harris, 80 of the Kansas City Area, passed on December 31, 2006. Mrs. Harris is survived by her husband of 56 years, Amos, daughter's Gloria Crist, Debbie Cothern and husband Henry, and Lana Blum and husband Budgie, step son's Jim and Jerry Harris, and grandchildren Derrick Crist, Rustalyn Kirchhoff, Dameon Hiner, and Michael Dixon, and great-grandchildren Raelyn and Chase Kirchhoff.
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Janet M. Shook

July 19, 1928 - December 30, 2006

Janet M. Shook Janet M. Shook, 78, passed away December 31, 2006. Janet was preceded in death by her husband George W. Shook Sr., 2 brothers, Fredrick Piffer, and Robert Piffer. She is survived by her brother, John Piffer of Indianola, IA, sons, George W. Shook Jr., Ronald Shook, daughters, Juanita Smith, Sharon Shook, Susan Bane, 12 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Janet started...
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Naomi Donelson

January 19, 1929 - December 30, 2006

Naomi J. Donelson Naomi J. Donelson, 77, of Olathe, KS passed away Saturday December 30, 2006.
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George W. Schooling

April 20, 1921 - December 28, 2006

George W. Schooling George W. Schooling, 85, passed away on December 28th, 2006 at Raymore Health Care Center. Memorial George was Born April 20th, 1921 to George and Rosa Schooling. He is preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Bernice, second wife Mary, and two daughters Peggy and Mary Ellen. Survivors include three daughters Berna Jean Norman and husband Dale, Ruth Ann Jordan and...
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David L. Welch

August 31, 1934 - December 22, 2006

David Leo Welch, 72, of Independence, Missouri died Friday December 22nd at the Hospice House of Kansas City. Visitation will be held at D.W. Newcomer's Sons Floral Hills Chapel on Tuesday, December 26, 2006 from 5-7 pm with a Masonic service at 6:30 pm. Funeral services will be at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, 14500 E. 39th St., Independence, MO on Wednesday, December 27, 2006 at 10:30 am. A...
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Patricia H. Mcclelland

June 6, 1945 - December 22, 2006

Patricia H. McClelland, PhD Pat was a lifelong dedicated teacher who influenced and inspired countless people during her long career. She ended her career as Associate Dean, Professor & Chair of the Education Department at Park University. She was dearly loved and will be missed. Her legacy will live forever through her students. Our loss is Heaven's gain. Pat was preceded in death by her...
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