Stephen M. Chase, age 68, died on October 25, 2012 at the Northland Hospice House with his wife at his side, after an 18 month bravely fought battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was born January 26th, 1944 in upstate New York and grew up in Long Island. He graduated from Hofstra University with an Electrical Engineering Degree and worked for Grumman Corporation on the Moon Landing System. He went on to obtain his MBA at Adelphi University and started a career in management consulting. His work took him to Kansas City where he met his future wife of 38 years, Jo Whisler Chase. He joined Hallmark Cards in 1973 and took early retirement in 1999 knowing he wanted to have lots of years to do all that he had a passion to see and do.
Steve was an avid fisherman, with a great love of nature and the outdoors. He loved wine and visiting wineries. He loved to travel with his wife and since 1999 they became winter Texans. He had an insatiable appetite to learn about the world, the universe and science. After retirement, to keep his mind active, he volunteered at the Harry S Truman Library & Museum helping them digitize and place online their extensive number of oral histories so they would be easily accessible to researchers and the public. In 2012 he was conducted into their Volunteer of Honor with over 2500 hours of service.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Jo and what he viewed as his children, Kenneth Whisler and Katherine Hunter, four grandchildren, Joey, Anna, Lydia and Tori and his wife's extended family.
A memorial service will be held at 4 PM on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at Newcomer's Longview Funeral Home, 12700 South Raytown Road, Kansas City Mo. Family will greet friends from 3:00 PM until services at the chapel. Following the service, in true Steve fashion, a celebration of his life will continue at Lees Summit Fun House Pizza & Pub, 1160 NE Douglas, Lee's Summit, MO. All are invited to attend.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Donations can be made online at www.pancan.org or at the funeral home.