Frederick “Alex” Alexander Collins, age 67, a resident of Chillicothe, Missouri, died on Monday, June 8, 2020, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri.
Al was born to Charles Frederick “Fred” and Mildred “Millie” (Pryor) Collins on May 18, 1953 in Brookfield, MO. He died from natural causes at St. Luke’s Hospital on the Plaza in Kansas City, MO on June 8, 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic.
Alex was the first born, and probably the orneriest of four children. We’re pretty sure Grandma was glad she had only one boy! During his younger years, before cell phones, he was known to hop a train or hitchhike from Brookfield and Chillicothe, MO to points beyond without telling his parents. He loved to surprise his sisters, Vickie and Donna. He would ask them to do something for him and in exchange they would get a surprise. They complied and he would reply, “Surprise, surprise, surprise!” then laugh and laugh. (He watched too much Gomer Pyle, USMC).
Al received his GED education and enlisted in the US Navy on March 8, 1971. He was stationed on the USS America in the Mediterranean Sea as an aircraft mechanic. While in the Navy, he earned the National Defense Service Medal. After his discharge he worked in Nebraska and Colorado as a lineman for 15 years, mainly working the hotlines. A vehicle accident ended his career as a lineman.
Alex’s hobbies were carpentry, drawing and painting. He hand painted billboard signs near the Brush and Ft. Morgan, CO areas. We remember dad painting a snapping turtle, Zap, for a race. We don’t remember if Zap won but he was the coolest looking turtle there! He crafted one of a kind Halloween costumes for us. In his shop, he made beds and an amazing NASA space capsule treehouse for us kids. Al had a wild ornery side to him, enjoyed jokes and had a great sense of humor. During a trip to Mark Twain Caves with his kids, Carrie Ann and Cody, he disappeared from the group unnoticed until he popped over the edge of the cave yelling “RAWR”. Scared the kids and the tour guide was not amused. We also attribute our love of animals to our dad as he brought us many animals throughout our childhood. I now have his cat, Critter. Letter writing with drawings on the envelopes and letters were natural for dad. His favorite characters were M&M’s, Convict Clay and the most popular, Bloodshot. He sent two of his M&M drawings to the Mars Company in which they replied he should go through a talent agency and gave him a coupon for a free one pound bag of M&M’s. He enjoyed many adventures in his life, one of which was on his 60th birthday when he decided to take a walk around his neighborhood in only his “birthday suit” and cowboy boots. “Oh, hello officer, nice day isn’t it?” Oops!
Al enjoyed time with friends and family. He enjoyed visiting, watching westerns & the Chiefs games with Grandpa Fred. Many a gal was called “Darlin”. He called me Kelly Baby Doll since the day I was born. Grandma let Alex name his baby sister, Pamela Kay, although we don’t know if she was aware that he named Pam after a girl he had a crush on. Many people may have heard dad on the local radio station’s Trading Posts selling or trading through Chillicothe KCHI, Trenton KTTN and Marshall KMMO (that is, if he wasn’t banned from the air). He loved to barter, no money needed, “let’s make a trade!”
We said our goodbyes at the hospital with tears and laughs. Dad may, or may not, have enjoyed the music being played during our last visit. Aunt Pam wasn’t too pleased with Aunt Vickie’s choices but it was a good way to reminisce. Until we meet again, happy trails to you, Dad.
Al is survived by two daughters, two sons and ten grandchildren: Carrie Ann & John Brown, Ian, Hailey & Daniel of Green Isle, MN; Kelly & Greg Chenoweth, Ezequeil, Felicity, Trenton & Adrienne of Akron, CO; Steve Collins, Wyatt, Lillian & Waylon of Willmar, MN; and Cody Collins of Kansas City, MO. Three sisters: Vickie & David Anderson, Hale, MO; Donna Collins, Chillicothe, MO; and Pam Hull, Brookfield, MO; one step-brother, Larry & Lynn Johnson, Parkville, MO; several cousins, nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Millie Collins, Fred & Eula Collins, paternal grandparents Ralph Collins and Donna Lentz and maternal grandparents Coyiet and Effie Pryor.
Military graveside service will be held at the Avalon Cemetery, Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.
Online condolences may be made at www.lindleyfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Missouri.
Marcus Vernon Silkwood
Marcus Vernon Silkwood, 83, of Chillicothe, Missouri passed away Thursday, October 22,2020 in Trenton, Missouri under the care of his family.
Mark was born February 26, 1937 in Braymer, Missouri to parents John Elva and Eunice McNally Silkwood. He was a graduate of Braymer High School. In 1961 he married Mary Louise Peer, she preceded him in death December 12, 2004. Mark worked as a bulldozer operator for several years.
Some of Marks hobbies were antique tractors, fishing and his love of music. Time spent with his family was always treasured.
Survivors are his sons, Mark E. Silkwood and wife Marilyn of Trenton; Michael Silkwood of Higginsville; Matt Silkwood of Chillicothe; grandchildren, Sean Silkwood; Sarah Martinek; Levi Silkwood; Justin Silkwood; Nathan Silkwood; Devan Pittman; Ana Quiroz; Lori Kelly; A.J. Kelly; Matthew Silkwood; great grandchildren, Lara Martinek; Addison Fagan; Jackson Fagan; Harper Silkwood; Harlow Silkwood; Alana Silkwood; Ryker Mullens; Aviana Quiroz; sisters, Sue Moore of Dawn; Fern Hall of Braymer.
Mark was preceded in death by his wife Mary, infant son Gary; brothers, Elva Silkwood; Ralph Silkwood; sisters, Hazel McElwee; Cloie Mills; Ethel Reed.
Memorials in honor of Mark may be made to Treehouse of Liberty Hospital and can be mailed to or left at Heritage Funeral Home, 3141 N. Washington, Chillicothe, Mo. 64601. Online condolences may be left at www.heritage-becausewecare.com
Visitation will be held at Heritage Funeral Home, Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. followed by Funeral Service at 3:00 p.m.
Burial will be at Utica Cemetery.
Marsue (Alexander) Casebeer
Marsue Casebeer, age 95, a resident of Trenton, Missouri, passed away on Thursday, October 22, 2020, at Saint Luke’s North Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri.
Marsue was born the daughter of William Henry and Effie Layson (Faddis) Alexander on June 25, 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri. She was a graduate of Westport High School, Kansas City, Missouri. She also graduated from Missouri Western State University and received a Bachelor’s Degree for social work. She was united in marriage to John S. Casebeer on August 22, 1945, in Kansas City, Missouri. He preceded her in death on March 23, 1985. Marsue worked as a book keeper at Chillicothe State Bank, and as a social worker at Sunnyview Nursing Home in Trenton, Missouri. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Chillicothe, Missouri.
Survivors include three nieces, Kathy Morgan Haran, Amy Casebeer Saavedera, and Susie Nelson Wilburn; two nephews, Forrest Morgan and Carl Nelson. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; one daughter, Cynthia Casebeer; one sister, Mary Lou Morgan; and one niece, Kristy Nelson Sanchez.
Graveside services will be held at May Cemetery, Chula, Missouri, on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. Friends may call at Lindley Funeral Home on Monday October 26, 2020, from noon until 5:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to May Cemetery and may be left at, or mailed to, Lindley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 47, Chillicothe, Missouri, 64601. Online condolences may be made at www.lindleyfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Missouri
Rodney Lee Case
Rodney Lee Case, age 81, a resident of Chillicothe, Missouri, passed away on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at his residence.
Rodney was born the son of Oscar & Marjorie (Cooper) Case on August 12, 1939, in Chillicothe,
Missouri. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956 to 1960. Upon returning to Chillicothe from the USAF in Idaho, he began work with Donaldson Company with the majority of his career there as foreman of the press room until his retirement in 2001. He enjoyed his lake home, skiing, boating, fishing & spending time with his family & beloved Shar Pei, Gypsy.
He is survived by his wife, Karen, of the home; his children: Traci Case of Chillicothe, Missouri; Kris Rees (Doug) of Dawn; two sons, Kevin & Bradley of Chillicothe, Missouri; grandchildren: Kara (Jeremy) Hicks, Kyle Case, Matthew Case of Chillicothe, Missouri; Aaron Case of Hamilton, Missouri; Austin Case of Lucerne, Kansas; two great-grandchildren: Macey Hicks of Overland Park, Kansas; & Dierks Case of Chillicothe, Missouri; one sister, Janice Reed of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; and one brother, Larry (Nancy) of Camdenton, Missouri; son-in-law Harry Jones of Chillicothe, Missouri; and several nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Nanette Jones, & son Ricky.
There will be a private family Celebration of Life with inurnment at a later date.