Every life tells a story, here are some of the honored loved ones Hoefer Funeral Home, Inc. has had the pleasure of serving.  Click on the names below to view the obituary and send condolences online.

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Kate Short - June 21, 2017

Kate Short, 85, of Higginsville, Missouri died on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at Meyer Care Center in Higginsville. Born Wednesday, September 23, 1931 in Stevenson, Alabama, she was the daughter of the late Mit Peters and the late Lizzie Mae (Morse) Peters. She was also preceded in death by 6 brothers and 5 sisters. Kate and James C. Short were married on May 26, 1953 in Cleveland, Tennessee and moved to Columbia, Missouri in 1956, living...

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Wilbert L. Schnakenberg - June 17, 2017

Wilbert L. Schnakenberg, 79 of Concordia, Missouri died on Saturday, June 17, 2017, at the Lutheran Nursing Home in Concordia. Born Monday, August 16, 1937 in Concordia, he was the son of the late Walter C. Schnakenberg and the late Edna H. Jungklaus Schnakenberg. He married Betty A. Becker Schnakenberg on March 1, 1967 and she survives in Concordia. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Wilbert started working at the Shoe Factory...

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Ralph "Pete" Fox - June 8, 2017

Ralph "Pete" Fox, 99, of Higginsville, Missouri died on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at Meyer Care Center in Higginsville. Born Wednesday, October 31, 1917 in Higginsville, Missouri, he was the son of the late William Fox and the late Ella Brown Fox. Pete lived all his life in Higginsville and graduated from Higginsville High School in 1935. In 1937 he signed a contract as a pitcher with a minor league baseball team, the Yankees, from Rogers,...

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Florence "Tootsie" Wahlers - May 22, 2017

Florence "Tootsie" Wahlers, 66, of Higginsville, Missouri died on Monday, May 22, 2017, at her home. Born Thursday, August 31, 1950 in Higginsville, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Vernon Fiene and the late Helen Tebbenkamp Fiene. Also preceded in death is one brother, Robert Lee Fiene. She lived most of her life in Higginsville. She married Larry R. "Weasel" Wahlers on December 3, 1973; he survives of the home. She was a...

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Maurine Mills Cole - May 12, 2017

Maurine Mills Cole, 97, of Kansas City, MO passed Friday May 12, 2017, at home. She was born March 5, 1920, in Dover, the daughter of the late Thomas J. Miller, Jr. and the late Laura Elizabeth Killion Miller. Maurine lived in Higginsville from 1971 to 2000, then moved back to Kansas City to live with her son, Kenneth. She worked as a shell maker at Lake City Arsenal until retiring in 1987. Surviving are one son, Kenneth Cole and his...

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Kenneth Mendenhall - May 9, 2017

Kenneth Leroy Mendenhall, 88 of Richmond, MO, formerly of Corder, MO passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Sherkey Nursing Home in Richmond, Missouri after a long illness. Kenneth was born March 5, 1929 to George D. and Arlie (Hollis) Mendenhall. Times were hard and they became even harder when, at the age of 4, his mother died. He was farmed out to family members to raise him until he was old enough to work for his room and board and school...

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A.J. Giorza - May 8, 2017

A.J. Giorza, 81 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Monday, May 8, 2017, at Rosewood Health & Rehabilitation Center in Independence, Missouri. Born Tuesday, May 21, 1935 in Lexington, Missouri, he was the son of the late Americo J. Giorza, Sr. and the late Dorothy Gray Giorza. He was a graduate of the class of 1953 at Lexington High School, then served in the National Guard from 1958-1965. He married Barbara L. Chapman on March 3, 1957 and...

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Dorothy Lee Bodenstab - April 29, 2017

Dorothy Lee Bodenstab, 89 of Concordia, Missouri died on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Lutheran Nursing Home in Concordia, Missouri. Born Thursday, December 8, 1927 in Higginsville, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Lilburn Hickman and the late Laura Lefman Hickman. She lived most of her life in Alma, MO. She married Robert L. Bodenstab on May 7, 1950 and he preceded her in death on May 9, 1988. She moved to Concordia, MO in 2011....

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Mike Allen Johnson - April 26, 2017

Mike Allen Johnson, 58 of Higginsville, Missouri died on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at his home. Born Thursday, May 15, 1958 in Miami, Oklahoma, he was the son of the late Wayne Johnson and Mary Carter Johnson. He married Vicky Stewart Johnson on November 20, 1981 and she survives of the home. He lived most of his life in Higginsville and was a member of First Baptist Church. He had worked as a cook at Bay Leaf Cafe and Carousel Cafe. ...

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Kelli Crater - April 25, 2017

Kelli Ann Crater, 64, of Higginsville, Missouri died on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at her home. Born Sunday, December 7, 1952 in Kansas City, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late John Curry and the late Beverly Ann Anthony Curry. Kelli spent many years in Waverly, Missouri moving to Higginsville in 2004. She worked as an LPN at St. Mary's Manor in Blue Springs, MO and also at the Apple Ridge Care Center in Waverly, MO before retiring...

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