John “Jack” Lee Stutzman, 84, Garden City, MO, died October 27, 2016 peacefully in his home after a battle with Parkinson’s disease and Lewy Body dementia. Service with burial ceremony to follow, 11 am Wednesday, November 2, 2016, Longview Funeral home 12700 S. Raytown Road, Kansas City, MO; viewing, 10 am Wednesday, November 2. Contributions to the National Parkinson Foundation - Heartland, 8900 State Line Road, Suite 320, Leawood, KS 66206 can be made in lieu of flowers.
John was born October 6, 1932 in Kansas City, Missouri the son of Melvin Haskell Jr. and Laura Alta Stutzman. He was a 1950 graduate of Center High School in Kansas City, MO. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955 and served on the USS Coral Sea in the Korean War. He later attended the University of Missouri – Columbia achieving a degree in civil engineering in May 1962.
John was a professional civil engineer and worked for the Department of Energy for over 30 years at Bendix Corporation (later named AlliedSignal and presently Honeywell) in Kansas City. He retired in 1992 after having served as a leader in many of the construction projects around the building’s complex.
He married Stella Louise (Anders) in 1959. In their early years they resided and raised their 4 children on 5 acres in Raymore, Missouri. A place he and his family held many fond memories of. After his retirement they settled on 20 acres in Garden City, Missouri. John routinely attended the Bethel Assembly of God Church in Garden City.
John was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Don Stutzman and Jim Stutzman. He is survived by his wife, Stella; children John Stutzman (Zeny), Kanas City, MO; Gerry Stutzman (Cheryl), Garden City, MO; Maria Stutzman (Randy Torchia), Grandview, MO and Sherri Gould (Will), Garden City, MO; brothers Kenneth Stutzman (Janet), Long Beach, CA and Tom Stutzman (Ellie), Adrian, MO; 5 grandchildren Samantha Thornton (Chris), Queena Stutzman, Joe Kelley (Kleigh), Alex Stutzman and Christian Gould; 6 great grand-children Romeo Stutzman (11), Princess Stutzman (8), Angel Stutzman (4), Anderson Thornton (4), Connor Kelley (3) and Savannah Thornton (1).
John’s life was full of achievement and love. He was a book worm and enjoyed reading books of all kinds but particularly ones about history; researching ancient Egypt was a special hobby of his. He also was a great record keeper and writer. He has left behind so many precious memories through his journals and was a true family historian. Many of his family and friends have stacks of letters he wrote to them throughout their life. His journals, letters to loved ones and his excellent documentation on photos contain many treasured memories and an abundance of his great wisdom. He loved to listen to classical music specifically Tchaikovsky. He enjoyed following sports especially golf, the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals. He liked to be outdoors and for many years of his retirement he spent his time wood working, vegetable and flower gardening and just “tinkering” around in his garage. The legacy he left was one of hard work, patience, compassion and he truly embodied what it means to put your family first.