Delores J. Wheatley, age 90, Rich Hill

Delores J. Wheatley, age 90, Rich Hill, Missouri passed away Tuesday, November 22, 2022.  Delores is survived by her husband, Alan Wheatley, two children, Sandra Cameron and husband Mike,  and Greg Wheatley and wife Jennifer, daughter in law, Cindy Wheatley, nine grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.   Funeral service will be 11 am Saturday, November 26, 2022 at the Heuser Funeral Home, Rich Hill, Missouri.  Burial will be in the Green Lawn Cemetery. …

Appleton City Christmas in the Country

The 26th Annual Christmas in the Country will be Saturday, December 3, 2022. Start the day off with a Holiday Latte and pastry at 4th Street Fika open 8-2.

Many local businesses will be open 9-2 including 3 Wishes with Christmas music, pottery, mosaics and crocheted rugs; 11-9 Cork and Keg will offer wine sample, two Missouri wines on sale and Christmas Baskets; Petals West Open House, Rural Roots 9-2 has a wide selection of apparel, stocking stuffers, candles, leather accessories and much more and Salmon Enterprises will offer their Beef Sticks in holiday packaging. 9-2 Old Mill will have apparel and baked goods. From 9-12 you can purchase a Home Tour ticket at $10.

The Home Tour is sponsored by Second Saturdays. Jina’s Junque is in a new location at 115 W. 4th St, displaying recreated Christmas Décor Santas, snowmen and wreaths. Open 9-5. The Appleton City Library will have a Bake Sale 9-? and have Library T-Shirts and tote bags for sale. 11-1 Loaded Potato Lunch at the Forest Park Building by Hudson Hustler’s 4-H served with a dessert and drink for $10. Preorders and deliveries available. Park Building, 8:30-3:30 Emily Gilkey will offer insulated sublimation tumblers in a variety of sizes, sippy cups and koozies.

Holiday designs, caterpillar, beer and everything in between. What is Christmas in the Country without Santa? He will appear at the Park Building at 1:30 to visit with the children. Pictures may be taken. Treats and hot cocoa will be provided The Depot Craft Show will be 9-2 at the Railroad Depot, featuring vendors: Tom Holt Custom Woodwork, Sisters Candy Shop, Margie’s hand loomed rugs, and Mary Miller’s Sunrise Bakery, The Woodcutter, Warren Rauscher of Raymore, Michelle Berry’s afghans etc. and Laura’s jewelry.

There are two new excellent artisans this year, Zach Borland’s Metal Works and Garry Woodward of Backwoods Creations with his intricate wood creations. The Appleton City Museum will also have historical books and souvenirs. There will be a wide range of gift items for your shopping list and some very unique and quality pieces.

Appleton City High School Play

Appleton City High School Drama class is presenting “A Partridge in a Pear Tree” December 3rd.

After all the fun and excitement of Christmas in the Country last week, You are invited to come by the Appleton City East Gym and support the students. The Appleton City High School play times are: Afternoon Matinee 3:00-4:30 p.m. Regular Admission is $7:00 with Seniors/Students $4.00. Popcorn and drinks provided. A Dinner Theater will be 6:00-8:00 p.m. Admission is $10.00, Appleton City Seniors/Students $6.00. Dinner will include spaghetti, tossed salad, bread sticks, drinks and dessert.

That’s The Appleton City High School Drama Class School Play, on stage December 3rd

Forrest Routen, 47 of Butler

Forrest Routen, 47 of Butler, Missouri passed away Thursday, November 17, 2022 at his home in Butler.

A visitation will be held Friday, November 25, 2022 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel (816-657-4400). Funeral services will be held 1:00 pm Saturday, November 26, 2022, also at the Drexel Chapel. Burial will follow in Virginia Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Routen Family c/o Mullinax Funeral Home. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Forrest Lee Routen was born February 9, 1975 in Kansas City, Kansas to Kenneth and Betty Webb Routen. He grew up in Drexel, Missouri graduating from Drexel High School. Later, in 2009 he graduated from Cass County Police academy and began working for the Bates County Missouri Sheriffs Department. He then went to work as a reserve officer for the City of Drexel in 2010. He was honored as the Law Enforcement officer of the Year in 2015 and was hired full time in December of 2016. In February of 2018 Forrest was promoted to the Drexel Chief of Police.

Forrest loved to fish and shoot firearms He also spent a lot of time on the country back roads. In his spare time, he could often be found on a tractor around the family farm.

Forrest was preceded in death by his father Kenneth Routen, and grandparensts, Kenneth Routen, Annabelle Routen, and Jennie Webb. He is survived by his mother Betty Routen of the home in Butler, MO., daughter Crystal Routen and Fiancé Bub Mckellips of Butler, MO., son Forrest Routen, Jr., and girlfriend Alicia Keippel of Sperry, OK., ex-wife Shelly Clark of Tulsa, OK., and by his fiancé Haddi Roehrs and her daughter Hadley Carson all of Butler, MO.