Obituaries detail

William Kenneth Angell

March 20, 1930 – June 28, 2019

 

Born to Will and Sarah (Lasswell) Angell at the family farm home in Barber County, KS.  Growing up on the farm, he attended a one-room schoolhouse, grades 1-8, and graduated from Medicine Lodge High School in 1948.  He earned his undergraduate degree at Northwestern State College, Alva, OK, and his Masters degree in Bio-Chemistry and Human Physiology from Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia, KS.  

 

He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict, stationed at Camp Pickett, VA, always telling his kids, “I fought the battle of Virginia Beach!”   His love of educating young minds spanned 30 years professionally.  For 27 years at Center Senior High School, Kansas City, MO, he taught Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, and a Horticulture program which he created.  He was also an adjunct instructor at Johnson County Community College. 

 

He was involved in the Boy Scouts of America as a troop leader, and was a member of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.  Along with his wife, he founded the Pulverschnee Ski Club, where he introduced and shared his love of snow skiing with family, friends, and numerous young people.  He served as a member of the Grandview CSD#4 School Board 1973-1975, was part of the Stephen’s Ministry program at Colonial Presbyterian Church, a Master Gardener at Johnson County Extension Center, and served as a Kansas State Ombudsmen. 

 

In 2009, he received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for Hours of Service.  Ken enjoyed the outdoors, landscaping, art framing, biking the Johnson County Parks trails, but his biggest joys were the countless runs down the Colorado ski slopes, and time spent with his family. 

 

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Will and Sarah Angell, a brother, Allen “Bud” Angell, sisters, Irene Bobb, Eula Jacobs, and Ethyl Mae Wilhite.  Survivors are his wife of 64 years, Eva Mae (Wolf Huck) Angell of the home; children: Jill VanderMolen, Overland Park, KS; Don (Debbie) Huck Angell, Raymore, MO; Jan (Bob) Westmoreland, Overland Park, KS; Rene’ (Ed) Kroll, Beverly Hills, FL; grandchildren:  Tandi (Mark) Hechler, Shannon (Brian) Smith, Drew (Bety) Angell, Thaddeus (Tessa) Nugent III, Rachael Love (Ryan Coleman), Kalindi VanderMolen (Brandon Novelli), and Jacob VanderMolen; great-grandchildren: Bekah Toone, Matti Toone, Judah Fey, Olivia Smith, Noah Smith, and Thaddeus Nugent IV; many beloved step-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. 

 

Ken’s greatest joy was making memories with his family, telling familiar stories and “bad Dad jokes,” and doting on his grands and greats, who lovingly called him G’pa Grapes. 

 

A Celebration of Life will be held Monday, July 8, 2:00 p.m. at Colonial Presbyterian Church, 9500 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO.  Ken’s former student, Pastor Bob Lehleitner is officiating. Visitation with the family will directly follow the service. A private Internment at Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, KS, will be held on a later date. 

 

Ken was a participant in the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center Clinical Cohort Study, and memorial donations are requested for their research.  Contributions may be sent to our local Alzheimer’s and Dementia Research Clinic, KU ADC, 4350 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS  66205, marked “Alzheimer's and Dementia Research (03270)” or at www.KUAlzheimer.org.  Donations may also be made to: Tallgrass Creek Scholarship Fund, which provides college scholarships to student staff.  13800 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66223, Attn: Resident Life. 

Additional Service:
Celebration of Life
Location:
Colonial Presbyterian Church
Address:
9500 Wornall Road
City:
Kansas City
State:
Missouri
Zip Code:
64114
Date of Service:
Jul 08 ,2019
Time of Service:
2:00 pm
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Additional Service:
Visitation
Location:
Colonial Presbyterian Church
Address:
9500 Wornall Road
City:
Kansas City
State:
Missouri
Zip Code:
64114
Date of Service:
Jul 08 ,2019
Time of Service:
3:00 pm
Additional Information:
No Additional Information Added
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Condolences

Roger Fox Jul 03 ,2019

Former student ,FREEMAN ,Missouri

I remember Mr. Angell very well at Center Senior High in the late 60's as a great teacher and a quirky sense of humor. One instance that sticks in my mind is when coming into his biology class one day, we noticed a small pool of blood on the floor by the aquarium. He said that a student in the previous class had passed out while watching blood being drawn from another student for an experiment. The student that passed out had fallen backwards and hit his head on the sharp corner of the aquarium. Ever the pragmatist, Mr. Angell said since this was a biology class, we should not let this opportunity go to waste and proceeded to collect a sample before the janitor had a chance to get it cleaned up. I remember him as an energetic and enthusiastic teacher and he really made the class interesting. He always parked in the same spot closest to the south entrance because he was always the first teacher to get to school in the morning. One of the great teachers in my life! Thank you Mr. Angell for the memories. My sincere condolences to the family.

Tom Montgomery Jul 03 ,2019

Friend and Past Neighbor ,Lees Summit ,Missouri

I am so saddened to read that Kenny passed. He was a great man, friend and neighbor. May the family find peace in knowing what Kenny has contributed to this world. Rest in Peace Kenny

Bob Wilkerson Jul 03 ,2019

Former student ,Raymore ,Missouri

I will always consider Mr. Angell one of the finest teachers I ever had at Center High. He made studying biology fun and interesting for us all. Please accept my sincere condolences..

Joanna Hayslett Jul 03 ,2019

Former Student and Big Fan! ,KANSAS CITY ,Missouri

I adored Ken Angell and his wife, Eva. After having him for Biology and Physiology,I became a lab assistant for him with friends and learned to pith frogs, clean petri dishes and dissected a rat! Most of all it was my privilege to have Ken as a phenomenal teacher and remain friends with him and his wife, Eva these past 50 years! I know Ken was a man of faith and is with God and wrapped in Eternal Love. I will miss Ken's friendship, smile, laughter and guidance. My deepest condolence to Eva and family. Sincerely, Joanna (Clark) Hayslett

Edward & Fonda Lawrence Jul 03 ,2019

Cousin to Kenneth ,Norton ,Kansas

We have so many happy memories of Kenny through our family reunions. He was always there along with family members. Our memories will be cherished forever. Ed as a teenager remembers Kenny taking him out in his Olds and teaching him to do bootleggers. Pretty cool stuff for a teenager. Ha His family will always remain dear to us and hopefully we will remain in contact. Looking forward to meeting Kenny in our heavenly realm someday. God's blessing to Eva Mae and family. Ed & Fonda

John & Wanda Ricke Harding Jul 03 ,2019

cousin ,Medicine Lodge ,Kansas

loved Kenny so much was like a big brother to me and our family. Always had a lot of fun when we were around him. Slept on our couch when he came home to Medicine Lodge. I know the family going to miss him so--much, but I know he is a happy man now and no more pain....

Charles Speir Jul 03 ,2019

Student at Center High School ,Vallejo ,California

I graduated from Center HS in 1969. I remember going on a class ski trip with him as one the adults. A good man and great teacher! Rest in peace, Mr, Angell.

John, Wesley, Gary and Linda Bigelow Jul 03 ,2019

Cousin ,Sedalia ,Missouri

We are so sorry about your loss. He will be sadly missed. He was such a wonderful man!

Karen Luney Jul 03 ,2019

cousin ,Aurora ,Missouri

I am so sorry to hear about Ken. My thoughts are with you. I really enjoyed the visit at the reunion we had in Wichita Ks.

Jana S Ricke Jul 03 ,2019

Love and prayers for Eva and the family. Kenny was a great guy and will be missed by all who knew him. He is now in the arms of Jesus and so at peace. Love you all. Jana

Lois ORMSBY Gilmore Jul 03 ,2019

Distant Cousin ,Aurora ,Missouri

I’m so sorry to hear of the death of William it was always a pleasure to see your family come and join us at our family reunion’s we had a wonderful time and you are a very delightful family. Our deepest sympathies are extended to you and the other family members William will always be remembered and thought highly of. Warren Ormsby daughter Lois ORMSBY Gilmore

Steve Carraway Jul 04 ,2019

Fortunate short-term Honorary Family Member! ,Laurie ,Missouri

There is no doubt that without Ken's intervention, (and the family's acceptance) I would never have graduated from Center. My time with them showed me what a true family was like. One of my favorite comments is "That family lives up to their name...) Ken's legacy can be seen in all of them, and it is truly a blessing to us all. We will miss his inimitable voice of reason, and sharing his laughter...

Joseph Drbohlav III Jul 04 ,2019

Great Nephew ,Inman ,South Carolina

Words cannot adequately capture the profoundly positive impact this man has made on my family, both generations before and after me. One of my earliest memories is of my mother's excitement in preparing us to meet our Uncle Kenny for the first time. Certainly this man helped to shape my mother into the loving, caring person that she was. Beyond that, my children and my wife and I have been encouraged by you countless times over the years. Thank you, Uncle. You are loved and appreciated.

Jack & Peggy Robinson Jul 04 ,2019

Friend ,Pleasant Hill ,Missouri

Ed & Renee...our prayers are with you. Although we didn’t know your Dad, he sounds like such an amazing man. God speed to him.

jack kaplan Jul 05 ,2019

Student ,Roswell ,Georgia

Mr. Angell was the best and one of the only teachers that I adored. Just a great hearted guy. I remember him helping Steve Carroway. Mr. Angell was a teacher you could talk to like another friend and like another student. Great guy.

Mike and Carol Mihalevich Jul 07 ,2019

friend ,LEES SUMMIT ,Missouri

Eva and family, Ken will be missed by so many. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather and it was so easy to see that he had such a deep love for you. He was a compassionate and skilled educator who provided guidance to so many students to help them appreciate the fascinating world of science. He made a lasting impression on many of his students. He was a good friend. He welcomed us with warmth and kindness. We always enjoyed time with him, as he loved to share his many adventures and did so with great charisma. It was a privilege to know him. Our love to you. Mike and Carol Mihalevich

joy gieringer weekly Jul 07 ,2019

student ,Shawnee ,Kansas

Remembering a man who blended his knowledge of science and the solid belief in Jesus Christ as his Savior was an impact that has lasted through the ages. Colonial had been the beginning of my faith process as a child into adulthood. Ken Angell as a teacher and person that impacted the students he taught but also those within the school as a friendly man, who was wise and fair. Just learning of his experience serving his country and leadership in Boy Scouts plus invovement at Colonial, continuing to teach all these years after retirement only reaffirms my respect for him. Alzheimers is a difficult disease to define and the effect on an individual and family varies with each person,their challenges and the caregivers and family. May the research Ken participated in be a stepping stone to find a cure, treatment and ability to combat pre or early diagnosis biologically. My family knows the wounds yet knowing how to treat the individuals with dignity throughout the process. No one knows if the mind within the body is knowledgeable of their ongoing stage in the journey of life and just can not express verbally their plight. With everything the purpose and timing of God is unknown and we must have faith, God is in control and we must acknowledge one day He will reveal to us all things. Prayers of Peace be with you and your loved ones, Joy

Mark Fenton Jul 08 ,2019

Hospice Chaplain ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Ken followed the footsteps of our Lord in truly being a servant leader. He touched countless lives for good, and left deep foot prints for his family to family in serving his fellow man. He will be missed. Looking forward to seeing him again where he will be free from disease.