Harland E. Abbott, III, 50, of Kansas City, MO passed away Thursday, November 13, 2014. Harland was born in December of 1963 to Harland E. Abbott, and Rachel Lee (Jones). Born and raised in Midland, Texas, Harland graduated from Lee High School in 1982 and then from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics in 1987. After school Harland and his partner Mike spent time living in St. Thomas, USVI and in Columbia, Mo before settling in Kansas City, Mo in the mid 1990's. Harland was a man who never met a stranger and was always positive and full of life. Enthusiastic and energetic, he put everyone at ease with his warm smile and friendly personality. Harland had a great love for animals and was a volunteer and guide at the Kansas City zoo. Harland also had a great love for dogs rescuing and adopting several which were loved and nurtured by him & Mike. Harland was always full of life and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. Harland is survived by his partner of 28 years, Mike Zwonitzer of Kansas City, his parents Harland and Rachel Abbott of Midland, TX, sisters, Carol Shumate (Gene), Patty Hodgens (Tim), and Jan Matchus (Tom) all of Midland, TX, brothers, Mike Abbott (Sarah) of Midland, TX, Jack Abbott (Terri), and John Abbott (Shailette) both of Houston, TX. He is also survived by his father and mother-in-law Gary and Jean Zwonitzer, brother-in-laws, Mark (Gerri) and Scott Zwonitzer, numerous nieces and nephews and his rescue dogs, Ellie, Cassidy, and Aggie. A Memorial Service will be held in celebration of Harland's life on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, four o'clock in the evening at Johnson County Funeral Chapel & Memorial Gardens, 11200 Metcalf Ave. Overland Park, KS 66210. Memorial Donations in Honor of Harland's life may be made to the Kansas City Zoo, 6800 Zoo Dr. Kansas City, MO 64132. For more information or to leave a memory or personal condolence for Harland's family please visit JohnsonCountyChapel.com
. Johnson County Funeral Chapel, 913-451-1860, www.johnsoncountychapel.com
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Published by Kansas City Star on Nov. 17, 2014.