Obituaries

Ruth Vaughn
B: 1922-04-25
D: 2018-04-20
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Vaughn, Ruth
Michael Smith
B: 1953-07-10
D: 2018-04-16
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Smith, Michael
Leland Haney
B: 1944-03-30
D: 2018-04-16
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Haney, Leland
Robert Powell
B: 1932-04-06
D: 2018-04-16
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Powell, Robert
Brian Harman
B: 1951-02-17
D: 2018-04-15
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Harman, Brian
Mildred Clow
B: 1916-04-02
D: 2018-04-14
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Clow, Mildred
Shirle Wilkerson
B: 1930-07-16
D: 2018-04-12
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Wilkerson, Shirle
Shirley Reid
B: 1935-08-25
D: 2018-04-12
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Reid, Shirley
David Johnson
B: 1936-02-10
D: 2018-04-11
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Johnson, David
William Ryburn
B: 1932-10-17
D: 2018-04-10
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Ryburn, William
Eddie Lee Butler
B: 1955-11-20
D: 2018-04-09
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Lee Butler, Eddie
Irene Hallagin
B: 1931-03-17
D: 2018-04-07
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Hallagin, Irene
Thomas Pallo
B: 1957-06-06
D: 2018-04-07
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Pallo, Thomas
Willard "Gene" Harber
B: 1937-02-26
D: 2018-04-05
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Harber, Willard "Gene"
John Hix
B: 1928-01-20
D: 2018-04-05
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Hix, John
Lewis "Bud" Martin
B: 1919-11-24
D: 2018-04-05
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Martin, Lewis "Bud"
Kenneth Gunter
B: 1929-08-18
D: 2018-04-04
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Gunter, Kenneth
James Root
B: 1923-08-24
D: 2018-04-04
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Root, James
Juanita Miller
B: 1933-07-31
D: 2018-04-04
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Miller, Juanita
Bea Greenway
B: 1917-03-23
D: 2018-04-04
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Greenway, Bea
Scott Bronfman
B: 1976-02-09
D: 2018-04-04
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Bronfman, Scott

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The Speaks Trust-funded Preneed Plan has been in place since the 1970s.  Your money is held in trust for you at UMB bank, right here in the Kansas City area.  Most people consider it important to know that their funds are not sent off to some out-of-state corporate office.  It is administered locally, right here in the community.  And our Preneed Trust is regulated and audited by the State of Missouri on a regular basis, as well as by the bank auditors. 

 

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With an insurance-funded preneed plan, you pay for the so-called “cost of insurance.”  That means that if you had an $8,000 funeral plan you might pay the insurance company an additional amount, perhaps up to $4,000 in some cases, to “insure” you.  So your plan might actually cost you a total of around $12,000, if you use the typical insurance product to fund your service.  With Speaks, you use a Trust-funded preneed plan and there is no “cost of insurance” that ends up in the pocket of the insurance company.

 

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