West Lake Christian Church Disciples of Christ

"Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.
The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;
and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.
Do you believe this?"  John 11:25,26

"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." 
Romans 8:38,39

Kathie Williams

Our love and sympathy to the family of Kathie Williams who died peacefully at her home on August 28, 2018, surrounded by her family after a brief battle with cancer.  Kathie was such a beautiful example of what a Christian looks like - professing faith in whatever lies before and after, trusting her Lord in all things, and caring about others.  At West Lake Christian Church she had been a Diaconate, secretary of the church board, and most recently an Elder and member of the Praise Team.  But always she was our friend.  She will be missed.

A memorial service is planned for Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 11:30 am at the church.  Her obituary can be viewed HERE.

Karl F. King

September 2, 1931 - July 12, 2018

Our love and sympathy to Sharon and the family of Karl King, who died July 12, 2018 peacefully at his home in Sunrise Beach, MO.  He was a friend to many and a man of many abilities that he was always ready to use as needed.

A celebration of life is planned for Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 12 noon at West Lake Christian Church where he was a member.  A luncheon will be served following the service.

Verna Rose Pottorff

July 16, 1928 - June 24, 2018

Verna Pottorff, 89, died Sunday, June 24, 2018 at Hope West Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction, Colorado.  She is survived by four loving daughters, a sister, and many grands and great grands.  She was preceded in death by her husband and live of her life, Gale Pottorff, and one brother.

No services were planned, but there was a moment of remembrance at her church, North East Christian, Sunday, July 1, 2018 during the regular service.  She was a former member of West Lake Christian Church.

Phyllis Maxwell

June 24, 1929 - May 7, 2018

We express deepest sympathy to the family of Phyllis Maxwell,

a charter member of West Lake Christian Church,

who passed away peacefully on May 7, 2018 at

Glenn Carr Memory Care in Derby, KS.  

You can read the obituary for Phyllis HERE.

Bob (Bobby Lee) Yates

April 10, 1933 - February 16, 2018

With sadness we say goodbye to Bob Yates, who died at his home Friday, February 16, 2018.  Bob and Doris were faithful members of our church and Bob was the beautiful bass voice in the Praise Team for many years.  Funeral services will be held at West Lake Christian Church Thursday, February 22 at 11 am with Pastor Kelly Caldwell officiating.  Friends may call from 10 am to 11 am.  Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Jefferson City, MO at 2:30 pm.  Please see the full obituary at: http://www.kidwellgarber.com/obituaries/Bobby-Yates-5/#!/Obituary

Arnold Hancock

June 22, 1926 - January 29, 2018
Arnold Hancock, a charter member of West Lake Christian Church passed from this life on January 29, 2018.  He and his wife Louise were active in the beginnings and building of the church on O road.  She survives along with 3 daughters, a sister and 4 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be held Friday, February 2, at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri with Pastor Jack Daniel officiating. Visitation will be 5 - 7 p.m. Thursday, February 1 at the Schowengerdt Chapel.  The full obituary can be read at http://www.schowengerdtchapel.com.

Dolly Marie Lundquist

Dolly Marie Lundquist, 94, of Cole Camp, formerly of Gravois Mills, died Monday, October 23, 2017, at Good Samaritan Care Center in Cole Camp.  funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 28, 2017, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Cole Camp, where the family will receive friends beginning at 1 p.m.  Burial will be in Memorial Cemetery in Cole Camp.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Fox Funeral Home in Cole Camp.

Lorene Wilcox

March 7, 1915 - May 13, 2017

We extend Christian love and sympathy to the family of Lorene Wilcox who passed away May 13, 2017 at Laurie Care Center.  This year she celebrated her 102nd birthday.  She had a love for the Lord and was a blessing to many.  This photo was taken a few years ago and is of Lorene with her husband Ellis.  He preceded her in death.  Services will be held Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 3:30 pm, with visitation at 3:00 pm. The obituary can be viewed on Kidwell Garber Funeral Home of Laurie website by CLICKING HERE.

Emma Head

September 19, 1927 - May 12, 2017
We extend our love and sympathy to the family of Emma Head who passed away peacefully at Lake Regional Health System May 12, 2017.  We will miss her faithful loyalty to her Lord and to our church family.  We might also mention those wonderful cakes and pies she baked, and how last fall she participated in the Women's Ministry.  Funeral services will be held at West Lake Christian Church on Wednesday, May 17, at 11:00 am, with visitation beginning at 10:00 am.
to view the obituary.

William H. Sell

William H. Sell
August 13, 1920 - December 8, 2016
We extend our sympathy and love to Chris and Charlie Turner and their family on the death of Chris' father. 

Don Scott

November 9, 1956 - October 26, 2016
It is with profound sadness that we say good bye to Don Scott, one who touched our lives in many ways in such a short time.  Don passed away unexpectedly this month.  He loved the Lord and knew what his future would hold after leaving his earthly home.  Though we do not yet know all the circumstances of his death, nor of plans for a service, we are praying for comfort and peace from our Father who is the Great Comforter.  To read an Obituary, CLICK HERE.

Marilyn Carol Delaney

We extend our love and heartfelt sympathy to Richard Delaney on the death of his wife, Marilyn Delaney;  and also to Shawna McBrien, Marcus McBrien, Matt Mercer, Melissa McIntire and other family and friends on the death of their mother and grandmother, who passed away Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach, MO.

   A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 23, 2016 at West Lake Christian Church, Laurie, MO.  Please follow this link to Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel, where you can read Marilyn's obituary.

William "Myron" Blackwell

July 29, 1954 - October 15, 2016

With sadness we say good bye to Myron Blackwell, a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend to many.  Two services are planned.  On October 20, 2016, a "Joyous Tribute" and visitation will be held from 3-6 followed by a Memorial Service at Lone Summit Ranch in Lees Summit, MO.  On October 22, 2016, a memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm at West Lake Christian Church, with visitation from 1pm to 3pm with Kelly Caldwell officiating.

An obituary published in the Kansas City Star can be found by clicking HERE.

Kathryn "Kay" Kastner

February 1, 1931 - October 1, 2016

A faithful member of our church, and dear friend to so many, Kay Kastner, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on October 1, 2016.  Her smile was contagious and she never met a stranger.  She already is missed.

Our sympathy to Rick, Paula, Bob, Kristian, and other family and friends who loved her.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 19th at 12 noon at West Lake Christian Church, with visitation at 11:00 am.  You will find the obituary and may share memories at http://www.kidwellgarber.com/obituaries/Kathryn-Kastner/#!/Obitu

Herb Bultemeier

 It is with sadness that we report the unexpected death of Herb Bultemeier on
Saturday, September 3, 2016.  Funeral services will be on Thursday, September 8, 2016
at West Lake Christian Church at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sedalia, MO.
We extend our sympathy to Martha and their family on Herb's passing.


                                          Shirlie M. Copeland

Our sympathy and love is extended to the family and friends of Shirlie Copeland, who died
August 23, 2016, at the age of 92.  Shirlie was preceded in death by her husband, Garlin.  She is survived by two sons:  Mike (Carol) and Ken;  6 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.  She was a friend to many at West Lake Christian Church, having been a charter member since January 1990.  There will be no formal services.  Arrangements were accorded by Cremation Center of Kansas City.

                                       Rev. Gary Lee Hagan

Rev. Gary Hagan passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 12, 2016.
Memorial services will be announced at a later date.

 We extend our sincere sympathy to Tricia and their family as they mourn the loss of their husband, father and grandfather.  Gary served the Disciples of Christ faithfully for many years and last retired from West Lake Christian Church.  Those who knew him appreciated his tender heart, his quiet sense of humor, and devotion to God and family.  Please keep the family lifted up in prayer.  You may view the obituary in the Kidwell-Garber link provided.


                                           Lester Milton Mills

Les Mills passed away June 17, 2016.
Services were held June 25, 2016 at Fox Funeral Home in Cole Camp, MO.

We mourn the loss of Les, who, with his wife, Dolly, faithfully participated in the life of West Lake Christian Church in Laurie.  We were delighted to see that just a short time before his death, he was able to be a part of the Missouri Honor Flight to Washington D.C.  He was even featured on the front page of the West Side Star.  We want to extend sincere sympathy to Dolly and their family on the occasion of his passing.  Please see the obituary at the link below.


                                                 Doris Yates

Doris Yates passed away Saturday, February 20, 2016.
Services will be held at West Lake Christian Church in Laurie, MO, on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.  Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m.

Doris is already being missed by her church family.  She did so many things, working quietly, but effectively putting her creative talents to work throughout the church. Always with a ready smile, she used her pre-retirement work skills as treasurer for CWF, and with Pat Roberts, coordinated the work of the crafters while they prepared for the annual CWF craft sale.  The church is full of her floral arrangements, but this is only a small part of the activities she was in charge of and/or participated in. We extend our sympathy to Bob and their family.  You can read the obituary by clicking on the link below.

Gerald Troutwine

We were saddened to hear of the death of Gerald Troutwine, 86, of Lees Summit, MO.  Gerry was born February 3, 1929, and passed on February 4, 2016.  He and his wife Marcia moved to the lake in 1993 after Gerald retired from ATT-Tech. and Marcia from the IRS.  They were faithful members of our church and will be missed.  An obituary can be viewed at the link below.

Mary Alice Geise

We were recently informed of the death of Mary Alice Geise, 83, who died May 20, 2016.  Mary Alice was a member of Overland Park Christian Church.  However, when at the lake, she was faithful in her attendance at West Lake Christian Church.  Mary Alice was born on December 6, 1932.  Her obituary can be viewed at the following link.