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Rev. Edgar (Ed) Joseph Whelan
May 27, 1936 - Nov 13, 2022

On Sunday morning, Resurrection Day, November 13, 2022, the Reverend Edgar (Ed) Joseph Whelan, passed away at North Care Hospice House. One of five brothers, he was born to Henry Joseph and Theresa May Dunn Whelan on May 27, 1936 in Detroit, Michigan. He and was ordained into the Congregation of the Holy Cross, June 10, 1964. He served at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend and Portland, Oregon. Later he moved to Chicago serving as Chaplain at Alexian Brothers Medical Center, where he met his beloved wife, Janet K. Gabbert. They married on March 21, 1981, enjoying 42 blessed years of matrimony. Ed moved to Neosho, Missouri to work as an Administrator, but God had other plans for him. On June 3, 1986, he was received into the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of West Missouri by the Right Reverend Arthur Vogel. Bishop Vogel assigned Fr. Ed as priest to St. John’s Episcopal Church, Neosho, Missouri & St. Nicholas, Noel, Missouri. Called as rector in 1988 to Church of the Redeemer, Kansas City, Missouri, he served there until his retirement in 2003. After retirement, he continued to serve as interim and supply priest in the diocese. He enjoyed his ministry as spiritual director to lay and clergy. Often he made visits to Lansing Correctional Facility to give comfort and provide counsel to those incarcerated. Fr. Ed was a faithful and beloved priest in the diocese. He will be sorely missed by the church, his parishes, and his wife, Jan. Ed’s hobbies included garage sales, refinishing old furniture, and traveling. Ed and Jan made annual visits to Colorado until their health prevented them from high altitudes. He had fond memories of their time together fishing in northern Minnesota, Alaska, and celebrating 50th anniversary to the priesthood by touring Ireland. A dream come true from a 100% Irish lad! From his chair at home, one could find Ed bird watching, Ed is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Theresa; his brothers, the Reverend Gerald Whelan, Brother Ronald Whelan, Francis “Duke” (Dorothy) Whelan, and Donald (Judy) Whelan. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Jan, several nieces and nephews and their families, and his sweet little dog, Muffie. Funeral Services will be at Church of the Redeemer, 7110 N MO-9, Kansas City, MO 64152, on Saturday November 19, 2022, at 11 am. Visitation will be at the church beginning at 10 am. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donation be made to the Memorial Fund, Church of the Redeemer. A reception to follow in the parish hall.

You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. Ps 110:4

Additional Service:
Visitation
Location:
Church of the Redeemer
Address:
711 N MO-9
City:
Kansas City
State:
Missouri
Zip Code:
64152
Date of Service:
Nov 19 ,2022
Time of Service:
10:00 am
Additional Information:

Funeral Services will be at Church of the Redeemer, 7110 N MO-9, Kansas City, MO 64152, on Saturday November 19, 2022, at 11 am. Visitation will be at the church beginning at 10 am. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donation be made to the Memorial Fund, Church of the Redeemer. A reception to follow in the parish hall.

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Additional Service:
Memorial Service
Location:
Church of the Redeemer
Address:
71 N MO-9
City:
Kansas City
State:
Missouri
Zip Code:
64152
Date of Service:
Nov 19 ,2022
Time of Service:
11:00 am
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Condolences

Michael Mohr Nov 15 ,2022

Friend ,Kearney ,Missouri

My prayers are with you. Ed was a Godsend to me and all who knew. The blessing of God be on you giving you comfort and peace.

David Snider Nov 16 ,2022

Neighbor ,PARKVILLE ,Missouri

Thoughts and prayer for Jan and family during this difficult time. Ed will be missed by all of the neighbors in out little development. I would often chat with Ed while he was out on his walks over the years and always enjoyed our conversations.

Carol Shifflett Nov 17 ,2022

Parishioner ,Parkville ,Missouri

Fr. Ed was the most humble human being I’ve ever met, and humility is the rarest quality on earth. He was my spiritual advisor for 30 years. He walked through hell with me during a rough patch in the ‘90s. He saved my life, and I will never forget him. Thank you, Dear Fr. Ed. You are in our hearts forever. I am eternally grateful.