Harland E. Abbott III
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.
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My condolences to Harland's family. He left us way too soon. In the resurrection you can hope to see him again.
November 24, 2014
Harland family, I am very sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy are with you and your family.
November 24, 2014
Dear Abbott family. So sorry to hear the sad news of Harland's passing. Growing up in our neighborhood, he was such a sweet little boy. You are in our prayers.
Becky Duke-Roberts
November 23, 2014
With deepest sympathy to the Abbott family at the loss of your beloved son and brother, Harland. Eternal peace grant unto him, oh Lord. May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Our thoughts, prayers and blessings remain with you. Trina Olssen & husband Robert, Mary Olssen & Margaret Selling.
Trina Olssen
November 22, 2014
Adding my sympathy, thoughts and prayers to all who knew and loved Harland. Rachel, my heart breaks for you. Be brave. Much love.
Susie Hoover
November 21, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. As one of Harland's former teachers at St. Ann's I remember that smile and kind heart.
Aurelia Kieffer
November 21, 2014
To all the Abbott family I'm so saddened for your loss. I have precious memories of Harland at St, Ann's school especially our first communion. I remember it like it was yesterday, Harland and I were the shortest and walked together. Special prayers during the holidays especially his birthday.
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace,
Patricia Murphey Nixon
November 19, 2014
To all the Abbott family. I'm so saddened to hear of the passing of Harand. I have precious memories of Harland at St. Ann's school. We were both the shortest and walked together for first communion. Special prayers during the holidays and his birthday.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Patricia Murphey Nixon
November 19, 2014
RIP...prayers to his family.
Dana Dickson
November 19, 2014
Our hearts ache for your loss, Jan, and all the Abbott family. What a wonderful angel God is receiving into His kingdom! Much love!
Sandy & Pat
November 19, 2014
May the precious memories of Harland help to comfort you at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with y'all.
Kathleen O'Neill-Smith
November 19, 2014
I remember being at Harland's house for a viewing party the night American found out "Who shot J.R.?" That is just one of many wonderful high school memories that include Harland. My heart goes out to Mike and the Abbott family.
- Rozena McCabe
November 19, 2014
So very sorry for your loss, May our Lord wrap you in his love at this time!
Tammy Henderson
November 19, 2014
Saddened to hear this news of the passing of one of the kindest guys I have ever met. All my prayers, thoughts and love go to the Abbot family. I have many found memories of each of you
Keith Cox
November 19, 2014
I was so saddened to hear of Harland's passing. My sincerest condolences to his family. Harland is one of my oldest friends, having met in kindergarten at St. Ann's in Midland. Harland was such a great and kind person and I know he will be truly missed by all his family and friends. Rest in peace my dear friend.
Joe Carrasco, Jr.
November 19, 2014
Our Father blesses those caring for his creation. Proverbs 12:10
November 19, 2014
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Nina Parker
November 19, 2014
Lots of fun times from high school with Harland. He was hilarious and kind. My prayers go out to his family and his friends. RIP buddy.
Laura McCarty Rutherford
November 19, 2014
From the LHS class of 82, we send our condolences to your family. Prayers to you all. God bless
Class of 1982
November 19, 2014
Mike, I am so sorry for your loss. Wishing you the comfort of great memories and a truly great love.
Barbara Goans
November 18, 2014
My deepest sympathies to Mike and my Abbott family. Such a sad loss. I'll always cherish the few memories we had together which always involved laughter. My brother Eddie and I always sought Harland out at the family reunions! Also have memories of one family vacation in particular to Midland and us all going out on the boat and getting caught in a thunderstorm!!!! RIP in Harland.
November 18, 2014
Mike, so sorry for you loss...and ours! Harland was a great cousin and I loved him. May your memories give you strength in the coming days!

Ginny Furstenberg Goodman
November 18, 2014
My deepest sympathies to the Abbott family. May you find comfort and strength from God. We look forward to seeing the fulfillment of John 6:40 very soon.
Mr S
November 18, 2014
Harland was such a charming and wonderful person that will be greatly missed. The Briganti family sends their condolences and prayers to Mike and the Abbott family.

Matthew Briganti
November 18, 2014
Harland ALWAYS made me smile. I can't think of him without a big smile on my face. I will miss him dearly and I pray God will bring peace to Mike and all the Abbott/Jones family in our loss. Harland, you were a joy!! I still picture you running through the airport, late for your departure after a family reunion in Midland, the overhead chanting your name. What a hoot!! Love and blessings, Jerilyn
~ Jerilyn Jones Lewis, Houston, Texas
November 18, 2014
Mike & family,
So sorry & saddened with the passing of Harland, he will be greatly missed. The one thing we do have are great memory's that we can look back on and always put a smile on our face.
If you need anything please call.
Love Sabrina & Kim
November 17, 2014
Mike iam very saddened about Harland as I know you are. He will be truly missed,always. Please know my thoughts are with you,and I am here for you in anyway. Always, Jill Merlo.
November 17, 2014
I loved working with Harland at Sprint and he always made me laugh. He was one of those people who's infectious personality spread to so many people who got to know him. Although I had not seen him recently, and wish I had, I thought about him a lot, because he was like a brother and I loved talking with him, and then of course there was always a good laugh about something. He did love life! He really had a special place in my heart because once you got to know him you would never forget him. He will be greatly missed. I am so sorry for your loss of this kind and gentle spirit. Rest in Peace Friend. Sincerely, Nancy Pacheco
Nancy Pacheco
November 17, 2014
I am truly saddened to hear about Harland's passing . He had such a sweet soul ,he will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayer's go out to you Mike as well as the rest of his family . So sorry.
Teri Gillpatrick
November 17, 2014
Mike, I am so sorry for your loss, you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Ellin Kirkpatrick
November 17, 2014
We are so shocked and saddened to hear of Harland's passing. We feel so honored to have had such a charming, entertaining and truly kind person as a part of our lives for so many years. Our thoughts are with you, Mike.
Joe and Debbie McKinstry
November 17, 2014
I am so sorry for the loss of Harland. He was so fun to be around. Prayers to Mike and Harland's family to help you through this difficult time.

Kelly Keating
November 17, 2014
May God draw close to you as you draw close to him at this time of trial, you have my deepest sympathy.(James 4:8)
Le
November 17, 2014
We are so sorry for your loss. Harland was always to nice and personable. May God bless you with strength as you journey through this time in your life. God's Blessings, Michael, Cynthia Alex and Raegan Moran
Michael & Cynthia Moran
November 17, 2014
Offering my deepest condolences. May prayer provide comfort and strength for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 "Pray incessantly."
November 17, 2014
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