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WARREN OLIVER EDMONDS


1924 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
WARREN OLIVER EDMONDS Obituary
Warren Oliver Edmonds, 90 of Excelsior Springs, Missouri passed away July 8, 2014. Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Chapel located at 5951 East Hwy 10, Excelsior Springs. The family will receive friends from noon until service time. Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery will full military honors. Warren was born January 10, 1924 at Research Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri, the only child of Warren Oliver and Katherine Taugner Edmonds. He attended Hale Cook grade school and graduated from Southwest High School in 1941. Warren began course work at Kansas City Junior College but interrupted his college career to enlist in the Navy following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He served as an aviation machinist mate, 1st Class, V6 aboard the USS Rudyerd Bay, Pacific Fleet. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and continued his college education, graduating from Kansas City Junior College in 1948 and the University of Kansas in 1950 with majors in chemistry and zoology. Warren spent his professional career in the chemical industry that pertained to agriculture and live stock. He retired as a field research supervisor for Nor-Am Chemical Company. Warren met his future wife, Betty Van Pelt, on a blind date. They married on August 20, 1949 and celebrated 59 years of marriage. Warren and Betty made their first home at Lake Waukomis, Platte County, Missouri, and were among a dozen "pioneer" families that endured dirt roads and hauling of water in the early 1950s. Together they raised three children, Kathy (Brad) Long of El Dorado, Kansas, Kent (Tracey) Edmonds of Lee's Summit, Missouri; and Kurt Edmonds of Monument, Colorado. Additionally, Warren and Betty lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Nixa, Missouri. Warren was an Eagle Scout and served as Scoutmaster of Troop 370 of Platte Woods. He was a Sachem in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, served on staff at Bartle Scout Camp, and was an adult leader trainer. Warren enjoyed barbershop harmony and sang with several quartets. He was a 50+ year member of SPEBSQSA. Warren served as writer and publisher of the Class of '41 Southwest High School alumni newsletter. He earned a pilot's license, was a licensed ham radio operator, a geneologist, gardener, wood carver, and a helpmate to anyone who needed assistance. Warren was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Betty. In addition to his children and their spouses, Warren leaves behind nine grandchildren, Kristen (Craig) Scribner, Barrett (Stacie) Long, Brooke (Matt) Shemwell, Jesse (Lauren) Edmonds, Elesha Edmonds, Luke (Chelsey) Edmonds, Lauriel Edmonds, Nick Edmonds, and Jake Edmonds; nine great-grandchildren, Alexandra, Avery, Carter, Brenna, Everett, Evelyn, Corbin, Jacey and Jaxxon; sisters-in-law, Waneta Hatfield, Billie Allen, Charlene (Kenneth) Hogan, Patty Van Pelt and numerous nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank Dr. Buzard for the years of fine care given to both Warren and Betty. They are also grateful to the staff from Compassionate Care Hospice. Memorial contributions in Warren's name may be made to the Boy Scouts of America: PO Box 152079, Iving, TX Arr: Cashatt Family Funeral Home 816-587-8200
Published in Kansas City Star on July 10, 2014
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