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Obituary for R. Gene Graupner
Ryland GENE Graupner left us suddenly without saying good-bye on October 23, 2020. He was born February 1, 1939 on the kitchen table in Lexington, Missouri to Estelle LeJeune and Horace Graupner. The family moved to Kansas City when he was very young. He attended Henry Clay Grade School and graduated from Northeast High School in 1957. He joined the United States Marines shortly thereafter. He married Margaret Gravino in 1959.
Gene worked for the Kansas City Star during high school, Havens Structural steel after high school, and was hired in 1960 in to Armco’s Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration program as an apprentice obtaining an A Class Journeyman status. Later on, he went to night school at Rockhurst University while working fulltime and taking Armco Steel's Basic Management course. He graduated from Rockhurst University with a BSBA in Business Administration in 1975. He retired from Armco as Supervisor of Industrial Relations in 1994. After he retired he was a Marshal at Paradise Golf Course in Smithville, Mo. where he made new and dear friends.
Gene loved the game of golf having had 2 holes in one; one of which was on Mother’s Day. Next to golf he loved the KC Chiefs, and in earlier years was a Red Coater. He and Margaret traveled with the Chiefs to several on the road games. The only way he would watch any other team was if he had a wager on the game. After he retired, he was coerced, as he would say, into learning to dance and in the end loved it.
He leaves is wife of 61 years Margaret, 3 loving daughters Barbara (Michael) Plott, Teresa (Alain) Pichot, Cindy (John) Tillman, his sister, Sheryll Graupner, 3 granddaughters, Lauren Plott, Audrey Pichot and Estelle Pichot, bonus granddaughter Amanda Dimetroff and bonus grandson Jeff Plott, 3 bonus great-granddaughters, Madelyn and Makenna Dimetroff, and Olivia Plott along with many nieces and nephews and his extended family in France all of whom he dearly loved.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Alvin and his son-in-law Michael Plott. The Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 AM Friday, October 30, 2020 at St. Therese North Catholic Church, with a visitation from 10-11 AM, cremation. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri. The Mass will also be live streamed so please join us at 11:00 AM.
Memorial Contributions are suggested to Harvesters, St Jude’s or a charity of your choosing. The family requests no flowers.
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