Abbott, III Harland E. Abbott, III, 50, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away Thursday, November 13, 2014 of a sudden illness. Harland was born December 6, 1963 to Gene and Rachel Abbott. Born and raised in Midland, Texas, Harland attended St. Ann's Catholic School, 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 Zwonitzer, spent time living in St. Thomas, USVI, and in Columbia, Missouri, before settling in Kansas City 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. He had a great love for animals and was a volunteer and guide at the Kansas City Zoo. He also had a great love for dogs, rescuing and adopting several which were loved and nurtured by him and 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, Gene and Rachel Abbott of Midland, Texas; sisters, Carol Shumate (Gene), Patty Hodgens (Tim), and Jan Matchus (Tom), all of Midland; brothers, Mike Abbott (Sarah) of Midland, Jack Abbott (Terri), and John Abbott (Shailete) of Houston, Texas. He is also survived by his father and mother-in-law, Gary and Jean Zwonitzer; brothers-in-law, Mark (Gerri) and Scott Zwonitzer; numerous nieces and nephews; and his rescue dogs, Ellie, Cassidy, and Aggie. A Memorial Mass will be held in celebration of his life on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Stephen's Catholic Church at 4601 Neely Ave. A reception will follow at Green Tree Country Club, 4900 Green Tree Blvd., Midland. If anyone would like to leave a memory or personal condolence for Harland's family, please visitJohnsonCountyChapel. com. In lieu of flowers, a Memorial Fund in Harland's name will be established at the Kansas City Zoo. Donations can be made in memory of Harland Abbott online at https://kansascitvzoo.doubleknot.com/Form/takeSurvery
. asp. or donations mailed to Kansas City Zoo, Development Office, 6800 Zoo Drive, Kansas City, MO. Because Harland spoke so enthusiastically about the penguins, the Kansas City Zoo has provided a link to the Zoo's "penguin cam" http://kansascityzoo.org/penguincam.
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Published by Midland Reporter-Telegram from Nov. 19 to Nov. 21, 2014.