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Kenneth Wayne Shields
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Kenneth W. Shields of Leawood, KS was born August 7, 1939, to Dorothy Mae Newberry-Shields and William Wayne Shields passed away on Friday, April 16, 2021, at home surrounded by his family. Ken started life in St. Louis, MO., moving to the Kansas City area when he was 3 and lived in and around the area his entire life.
Mr. Shields was a 1958 graduate of Center High School, where he played basketball and football. He was a Navy veteran having served aboard the USS Canberra (a guided missile cruiser). He was stationed with the 7th Fleet in Norfolk, Virginia before being transferred to the 6th Fleet in San Diego, CA.
Mr. Shields was the President of MTS Trucking which he started in 1992. He was active in the business before his death. He was involved with the transportation industry for most of his working career. Mr. Shields, along with his family, enjoyed many years of enjoyment at The Lake of The Ozarks, finally trading it all in for a home in Sun City West, AZ.
Marty Postlethwait wrote about her dad’s journey with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis last September for Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month. Here is an excerpt from that journey.
“To Our Dad with love-
Our family’s journey with Pulmonary Fibrosis began in 2017, when my Dad was sitting in the kitchen one summer evening talking to my Mom and passed out. Rushed to the hospital by ambulance, little did we know from that day on, “our” lives would be forever changed like many other families faced with a challenging diagnosis. I say “our” lives as we were in this together as a family and supporting my Dad. Seeking the best hospital, physician, medical treatments, and support services don’t come without enduring heartache and hope, laughter and tears, and true determination to learn everything about something our family had never heard about – Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF).”
John Daniel "Dan" Bodenhamer
Dan Bodenhamer, age 82, passed away on January 9, 2021.
Click below to donate in the honor of Dan Bodenhamer to The Kansas City Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Dan Bodenhamer had Pulmonary Fibrosis and was a long time member of The Greater Kansas City Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group.
From the his obituary
"John Daniel "Dan" Bodenhamer was born on December 5th, 1938 to Fred and Thelma Bodenhamer in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. On January 9th, 2021, our Heavenly Father called him home. He died peacefully surrounded by his family, after a short battle with recurrent pancreatic cancer.
Dan truly never met a stranger, a one man welcome wagon. As a man of abundant faith, his witness was inspirational. His thoughtfulness was unmatched and his contagious laughter will forever echo in the hearts of many. He was a true treasure, someone that will be deeply missed by those lucky enough to call him family, friend, and neighbor. He fought the good fight, he finished the race, he kept the faith."
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Stephen P Phillips passed away on September 29, 2020 at home surrounded by loving family. A dedicated family man, Steve is well known for his roles in popular Kansas City bands including Steve, Bob & Rich, The Rainmakers, and The Elders. He was generally a healthy guy who began feeling the affects of his obscure pulmonary fibroses in late 2019. His symptoms progressed rapidly, and he died less than a year later. Stephen’s mother died of pulmonary fibrosis in 2016. The family hopes KCFPF will be able to raise public awareness, explore the genetic connection, and support professionals in working together toward the prevention and cure of pulmonary fibrosis.
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