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1929 - 2014 Jack Vinyard, 84, died peacefully February 12, 2014, at the Kansas City Hospice House after a battle with heart disease. Born Dec. 11, 1929, Jack spent his youth in St. Louis, Mo., enlisting in the military at age 17. Jack served his country for 20 years, and retired from the Air Force as a Technical Sergeant. He was stationed all over the world and especially loved to tell stories of his time in Japan, Germany, Korea, and Iwo Jima. In 1953, he married the love of his life, Mardella Green, who was also in the Air Force. After their service to our country, they returned to the Midwest to raise their family, finally settling in the Kansas City area in 1977. Jack was a very talented artist who loved to draw and paint in several mediums; especially oils, charcoals, and pastels. Baseball was also a passion, and even though he loved the Kansas City Royals, they could never replace his childhood heroes, the St. Louis Cardinals. He had a musical gift and loved singing in his rich bass voice, playing guitar, organ, and piano. Other hobbies included reading, woodworking, fishing, and gardening. Jack is preceded in death by his wife, Mardella, son, Michael, and daughter, Jaci. He is survived by son, Brian (Diane), his daughter, Marsha Martin (Stuart), grandchildren, Anna and Michael, and two great grandchildren. A visitation will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at D.W. Newcomer's Overland Park Chapel 8201 Metcalf Ave., with a service to follow at 3 p.m. Burial will take place at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis at a later time. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, 9221 Ward Pkwy, Ste. 100, KCMO 64114. Fond memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.johnsoncountychapel.com Arr.: D.W. Newcomer's Sons Johnson County Chapel, 11200 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66210. (913) 451-1860. www.dwnewcomers.com D.W. Newcomer's and Sons Funeral Homes, Cemeteries, Crematories.
Published in Kansas City Star on Feb. 14, 2014
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