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Fri­day, Sept. 3, at Car­son-Speaks Fu­neral Home, 1501 W. Lex­ing­ton Ave. In­de­pen­dence. Visi­ta­tion will be from 12 to 2 p.m. Fri­day, at the fu­neral home. Me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions are sug­gested to the Chil­dren with AIDS Project, PO Box 23778, Tempe, AZ 85285. Ron­nie was born Dec. 5, 1946, in St. Joseph, Mo., the son of Lau­rice “Shorty” and Lau­retta (Sow­ell) Ash­worth. He was a U.S. Army vet­eran of 15 years, hav­ing served in Viet­nam. Ron­nie re­tired in 2008 from the Postal Ser­vice as a Ma­chine Su­per­vi­sor. He played the gui­tar for many years and was of­ten seen play­ing with nu­mer­ous bands at the Ea­gles Lodge in In­de­pen­dence. Ron­nie mar­ried Linda R. Baker in 1965, and they had two sons. He later mar­ried Cathy Hiatt in 1986. Ron­nie was pre­ceded in death by his fa­ther. Sur­vivors in­clude his sons, Ron­nie D. Ash­worth, Jr. of In­de­pen­dence, and Thomas E. Ash­worth and his wife Jamie of Omaha, Neb.; step­son, Char­lie Hiatt of Bethany; grand­son, Ethan Alexan­der; mother, Lau­retta Ash­worth; sis­ter, Nancy Ge­orge; and brother, Denny Ash­worth, all of St. Joseph; and nu­mer­ous nieces and neph­ews. On­line con­do­lences may be expressed at Ar­range­ments: Car­son-Speaks Chapel, (816) 252-7900.

Ar­range­ments: D.W. New­comer’s Sons John­son County Chapel, 913-4511860


Mar­ian Louise Her­bers Bartley, 55, of Over­land Park, Kan., for­merly of Holton, died Au­gust 23, 2010. Cremation. Fam­ily visi­ta­tion 10 a.m., Cel­e­bra­tion of Life 11 a.m. Satur­day, Sept. 4, Mercer Fu­neral Home, Holton. Memo­ri­als Mar­ian Bartley Me­mo­rial Fund c/o Mercer F.H., PO Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.


Charles F. Bid­ding, 77, of KCK, died Au­gust 29, 2010. Grave­side ser­vice will be 11 a.m. Wed­nes­day, Sept. 1, at Me­mo­rial Park Ceme­tery in Topeka, Kan. Ar­range­ments: Porter Fu­neral Home & Cre­ma­tory, 1835 Min­nesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan., (913) 621-6400.


Wil­liam M. “Bill” Blixt, 70, of Lee’s Sum­mit, Mo., passed away Mon­day, Au­gust 30, 2010.

Bill was born July 24, 1940, in Lex­ing­ton, Mo., to Al­fred and Lu­cille (Mor­ris) Blixt. He re­tired af­ter 20 years of ser­vice from Gen­eral Mo­tors. He was a mem­ber of Our Lady of Pre­sen­ta­tion Catholic Church Lee’s Sum­mit.

Sur­vivors in­clude his two chil­dren, Carla Davis of Kansas City, Mo., and Pa­trick (Lisa) Blixt of Ox­ford, Iowa; three grand­chil­dren, Tif­fany (James) Roberts of Jame­s­port, Mo., Zachary Blixt of Chilli­cothe, Mo., and Kaden Blixt of Ox­ford, Iowa; one great-grand­daugh­ter, Sum­mer Roberts of Jame­s­port; a brother, Al­fred J. Blixt of Lee’s Sum­mit; two nieces, t wo neph­ews, three great­nieces, and three great-neph­ews. Bill was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents.

The fam­ily will re­ceive friends 1 to 2 p.m. Tues­day, Aug. 31, with a prayer ser­vice to fol­low at 2 p.m. at Flo­ral Hills Fu­neral Home. In­ter­ment will fol­low at Flo­ral Hills Me­mo­rial Gar­dens. In lieu of flow­ers, me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to Kansas City Hospice. Fond mem­o­ries and con­do­lences may be left at www.dwnew­com­ Ar­range­ments: D.W. New­comer’s Sons Flo­ral Hills Chapel, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., KCMO 64133 (816) 353-1218. Lutheran Church, Con­cor­dia. Visi­ta­tion 6:30-8 p.m., Wed., Camp­bell-Lewis Fu­neral Home, Con­cor­dia, (660) 4632266. Mem. to the church, Vil­lage Hospice, or Con­cor­dia Area Hist. So­ci­ety.


Ch­ester E, Bollinger, 67, Blue Springs, MO, passed away Sun., Aug. 29, 2010. Ser­vices at a later date. He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents, John and Lu­cille Bollinger; 2 broth­ers, Kenny and Johnny Bollinger; and sis­ter, La Vaughn Poin­dex­ter. Arr. Royer-Hays Fu­neral Home, Blue Springs, (816) 229-5551.


James L. Bowlin, 64, of Parkville, Mo., passed away while watch­ing the Chiefs game on Fri­day night, Au­gust 27, 2010. Visi­ta­tion will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thurs­day, Sept. 2, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Fri­day, Sept. 3, at McGil­ley An­ti­och Chapel. Fu­neral ser­vice will be 11 a.m. Satur­day, Sept. 3, at the fu­neral home with burial fol­low­ing at Maple Hill Ceme­tery. Con­tri­bu­tions may be made to Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion.

Jim was born June 6, 1946, near El­don, Mo., to Ivan L. Bowlin and Lela (Cross) Bowlin. He was mar­ried March 10, 1973, to Jean (Stan­ton) Bowlin, who pre- ceded him in death. Jim grad­u­ated from El­don High School in 1964. In 1965, he moved to Kansas City and be­gan work­ing at United Mis­souri Bank, from which he re­tired af­ter 36 years.

Jim is sur­vived by his mother, Lela Bowlin of El­don; a sis­ter, Judy Stin­son of Cameron, Mo.; a brother Michael and wife Kathy of But­ler, Mo.; four chil­dren, Jen­nifer Bowlin of Kansas City, Markey and hus­band Ron DeRoest of Glen­dale, Ariz., Ivan and wife Tammy Bowlin of Over­land Park, Kan., and James L. Bowlin, Jr. of the home; seven grand­chil­dren, Clara, Olivia and Thomas Mur­phy, Lau­ren, Max, Madi­son DeRoest, Eve­lyn Bowlin and by many aunts, un­cles, nieces, neph­ews, cousins and friends.

Jim is pre­ceded in death by his fa­ther, Ivan Bowlin.

Jim was an avid fan of Mis­souri Tigers, Kansas City Chiefs, and Kansas City Roy­als. He es­pe­cially en­joyed watch­ing his chil­dren and grand­chil­dren play sports. He was a mem­ber of Blue Springs Bap­tist Church of El­don.


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