David Ullery, Dolan West Dolan Fire

David L. Ullery, 77, of Freeman, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. 

Funeral services will be held 10:00am Wednesday, November 29, 2023 at the Freeman Presbyterian Church, Freeman, Mo.  Interment, with military honors, in Freeman Cemetery, Freeman,  MO. 

The family will receive friends 6:-8:00pm Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, Missouri. Contributions may be made the the Freeman Presbyterian Church.                                  

David was born on September 1, 1946 in Kansas City, MO, a son of John Ellis and Melva Lucille (VanMeter) Ullery. He was a life-long Freeman resident and a 1964 graduate of Cass Midway High School, Cleveland, MO.

After graduation from high school, David worked for City National Bank in downtown Kansas City for a couple of years before joining the Army in 1966. He was stationed in Germany for most of his Army career, serving as a Chaplains Assistant, and was discharged in 1968. David was a business accounting manager and worked at various car dealerships in the area, including Harvey’s of Harrisonville, Royal Chevrolet in Harrisonville and Harrisonville Auto Mall. He was very involved in his church and community. He had served as Fire Chief and was currently on the Board of the Dolan-West Dolan Fire Protection District. He had served as an officer in the Cass County Fire Chief’s Association, was a member of the Cass County Fire Fighters Association, and he was a life-long member, treasurer, music director and organist at the Freeman Presbyterian Church. As a U.S. Army Veteran, David was a life-long member of VFW Post #4409 and American Legion Post #42 in Harrisonville, and served as treasurer of both.  He also led the Harrisonville Honor Guard. For many years, David was the “Voice of The Vikings,” proudly announcing all the Midway Vikings home football games. David was a board member and past president of the Freeman Community Club, and was the long-time announcer and past Grand Marshall of the annual Freeman Homecoming Parade. He enjoyed traveling in his R.V. all over the Midwest with his good friends and second family, Doug and Candy Bailey.

David was preceded in death by his parents, John and Lucille Ullery. He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Dennis and Susan Ullery, Kansas City, MO; a niece, Karen Williams, and her husband, Brian, Kansas City, MO; cousins, Glendon (Mary Jane) Ullery, Lee’s Summit, MO, Wayne (Nancy) Ullery, Rock Hill, MO, and Linda Riehle, Raymore, MO; and many friends and neighbors.


Terry Sullentrup, Washington Fire Department

Past Assistant Chief/Training Officer Terry Sullentrup, 74, a 54-year member. Terry passed away with family at his side on November 22, 2023.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Sullentrup (nee’ Maune) of Washington, MO; one daughter, Pamela Backhaus and husband Jeff of Marthasville, MO; one son, Daniel Sullentrup and wife Amy of Washington, MO; five grandchildren: Justin Backhaus and wife Sarah, Samuel Backhaus, Sophia Sullentrup, Louis Sullentrup, and Andrew Sullentrup; two great-grandchildren: Emma Backhaus and Nora Backhaus; three sisters: Nancy Mittendorf of Pacifica, CA, Sharon Boedges and husband Ben of Pacific, MO, and Lisa Holdmeier and husband Dale of Washington, MO; six brothers: Garry Sullentrup and wife Ellen of Washington, MO, Mark Sullentrup and wife Sherri of Linn, MO, Steve Sullentrup and friend Gena Mayer of Washington, Dennis Sullentrup of Washington, MO, Christopher Sullentrup and wife Sheila of Washington, MO and Kenneth Sullentrup II and wife Joyce of Washington, MO; three aunts: Gladys Martin and husband Larry, Betty Dobsch, and Doris Sullentrup; two brothers-in-law: Richard Maune of wife Joan of Washington, MO and Harold Maune and wife Babs of Washington, MO; sister-in-law, Mary Jo Wilding and husband Tom of Union, MO; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Terry was preceded in death by one daughter, Sandra Sullentrup; his parents, Kenneth and Evelyn (nee’ Kriete) Sullentrup; parents-in-law, Raymond and Agnes (nee’ Aholt) Maune; one sister, Sr. Carol Sullentrup; one brother, Richard Sullentrup; and brother-in-law, Marvin Maune.

Terry served with the Rescue Squad a majority of his service and had multiple citations and commendations including 5 CPR saves, 2 Letters of Commendation for Meritorious Action, 2 Unit Citations, Firefighter of the Year twice in 1974 and 2016. 

Terry was the Honor Guard Commander since the Honor Guards official beginning in 2002 and steadfastly lead a group of firefighters to The National Fallen Firefighter Memorial Ceremony in Emmitsburg, Maryland since 2007. Terry served on the City of Washington Planning and Zoning Commission from 1989 to 1991 and the East Central College Fire Technology Advisory Board from 1981 to 1987. 

He served as the past the fire department Public Information Officer, past Safety Officer, Board Member of the Washington Rural Fire Association from 2002-2016 and as an inaugural Board Member of the Washington Volunteer Fire Company Board of Directors from 2021 to 2023.

Terry was instrumental in leading the clearing, construction and operation of the first Washington Fire Department Training Center. This included leading the all-volunteer efforts for the construction of a four-story drill tower and elevated classroom. In addition, he worked to organize Summer Fire Camps for additional fire training. 

Terry served his country as a member US Army and did a tour of duty in Vietnam. Terry was extremely active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) serving as the past commander. He frequently coordinated between the fire department and VFW. He worked for the donation of a flag to use with the fire department ladder truck and the acquisition of AEDs for the fire department. 

Terry will be remembered for is attention to detail, sense of humor, commitment to duty, honor, and dedication of service to his community. 

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on November 29, 2023, at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church in Washington, MO. Interment with full military honors and Fire Service Honors will follow at the St. Francis Borgia Catholic Cemetery.

A visitation for 74-year-old Terry Sullentrup will be held from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Tuesday, November 28,2023 at Oltmann Funeral Home in Washington, MO. A parish rosary will be prayed at 2:45 PM on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Washington Volunteer Fire Company, VFW Post 2661, or MSU Foundation-Sandra M. Sullentrup Memorial Scholarship.