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Edward Leon Choate


1919 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Edward Leon Choate Obituary

Edward Leon Choate, 94, of Independence, Mo., went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014.

Edward was born December 11, 1919, in Marion, Ill., to Edward S. and Myrtie M. Choate. After graduating High School, he served in the Army Air Corps in WWII, and then re-enlisted in the Air Force, retiring as a Major in 1962 after 23 years of service. Upon retiring from the Military, he secured a position as a Purchasing Manager for the University of Illinois. In 1964 he became employed with the Community of Christ Church as a Purchasing Agent and Director of Personnel. Edward then went under church appointment in 1967 and served as an ordained Bishop in Michigan, California, and Texas, and then returning to Missouri to serve in Warrensburg, until he retired to the Blue Springs/Independence area in 1979.

Ed - also known by Leon, Poppy and Grandpa - was a multi-talented man who had a huge bark and heart of gold. He will be remembered for his quick wit, smiles, his love of golf, camping, hunting, fishing (complete with incredible fish stories) and the many trips and outings with his family and friends. Ed will also be remembered with love and humor for his heartfelt, but extensively long marriage ceremonies and prayers! Matt 6:21 says "Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Ed's treasure was his Lord, family and friends, and he would go out of his way to help them however he could. He loved Jesus and served him in many different ways during his lifetime.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Mary Isabell (Sears) Choate of Independence, Mo.; his son, Jerry J. Choate and wife, Geraldine, of Lake Tapawingo, Mo.; three daughters, Marilyn (Smith) Morse and husband, Wayne, of Mears, Mich., Barbara (Smith) Prine and husband, Jim, of Grain Valley, Mo., and Janie (Smith) Plouvier of Florence, Colo.; and a niece, Judy (Vaughn) Moore and husband, Terry, of Marion, Ill. He also is survived by a plethora of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren from across the country that were adored and beloved by him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Velmarae (Dallas) Choate; brothers, Loren A. Choate and Forest Dean Choate; sisters, Verba (Choate) Atwood and Meriba (Choate) Vaughn; and a great-grandson, Colton Jeffrey Choate Zucca.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, Aug. 23, at 1 p.m., with a memorial service with Military Honors at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Memories Funeral Home, 30000 Valor Drive, Grain Valley, 816-463-4030. He will be laid to rest in Swan Lake Memorial Park, Grain Valley.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to the many people who cared for Ed at the Rosewood Care Center and Groves Community Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project, Outreach International, or to a Military Organization of your choice.
Published in The Examiner on Aug. 21, 2014
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