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Paul William Splittorff Jr. formerly of Arlington Heights Paul William Splittorff Jr. of Blue Springs, Mo., died Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at home, after a long, hard-fought battle with melanoma. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday morning, May 31, at 11 a.m. at St. Robert Bellarmine in Blue Springs. Visitation will be Monday evening, May 30, from 5 to 8 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs. The family suggests contributions in Paul's name to the St. Mary's Medical Center Foundation, 201 N.W. R D Mize Road, Blue Springs, MO 64014-2513 or the charity of your choice. Paul was born Oct. 8, 1946, to Paul William Splittorff Sr. and Bettye Reckner Splittorff in Evansville, Ind., and was raised in Arlington Heights. He later attended and graduated from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, where he met and married Lynn Litterick. He played basketball and baseball at Morningside and was a member of Delta Sigma Phi. In 1968, he was drafted by the Kansas City Royals and moved to Blue Springs in 1971, which became their permanent home. He played for the Royals for 15 years, was a member of four divisional championship teams, pitched in the 1980 World Series and was inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame in 1987. At the time of his death, he still held the record for most career wins in Royals history. Upon his retirement from baseball in 1984, he immediately pursued his second career in broadcasting, getting his start by doing high school football and UMKC basketball. He joined the Royals broadcast booth in 1987, as a color analyst, and soon after started working as a commentator for Big 8 and later Big 12 basketball. He was a member of the NAIA Hall of Fame, Missouri Sports Hall of Fame (2002), Greater Siouxland Athletic Association Hall of Fame, Morningside College Hall of Fame and was on the gold medal Team USA in the 1967 Pan American games. Paul was a member of the St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church in Blue Springs and the Knights of Columbus Council 6506. Paul is survived by his wife, Lynn; daughter, Jennifer; son, Jamie (Erin); his two granddaughters, Shea and Devin; his mother, Bettye; brother, Lou; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.speakschapel.com. Arrangements were made Speaks Suburban Chapel, Independence, 816-373-3600.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on May 27, 2011
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