Archive for Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Kenneth Eugene Sloan

1917-2006

June 28, 2006

Mass of Christian Burial for Kenneth Eugene Sloan, 88, of rural Platte City, Mo., will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 30, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Weston, Mo. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Easton.

Mr. Sloan died Saturday, June 24, 2006, at Garden Valley Manor, in Kansas City, Mo.

He was born Aug. 12, 1917, in the Gooseneck Bend area outside of Platte City, Mo., the son of Benjamin Franklin and Elza Josephine Stubbs Sloan.

Mr. Sloan graduated from Platte City High School in 1935. He married Rita Marie Hennessey on Oct. 25, 1941, in Leavenworth County. They acquired his parent's home and 60 acres of the Sloan family homestead where they lived their entire married life.

Mr. Sloan served his country with the U.S. Navy during World War 11 from October 1943 to December 1945.

He flew in the plane with Navy Adm. William F. Halsey and witnessed the destruction after the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan. After an honorable discharge, be began a career with Tholen Supply Co. in Leavenworth. He worked there for 47 years as an employee and later as part owner.

Mr. Sloan was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Weston, Mo. He served on the board of directors of Public Water Supply District No. 3 of Platte County for more than 40 years. He was instrumental in the preservation of the old Platte City High School building, which was converted to the Platte City Area Community Center, serving as vice president of that board and volunteering countless hours in preserving that facility. He also assisted in the formation of the Platte City Volunteer Fire Department, outfitting and delivering its first truck.

His love of nature was evident as he planted his entire farm in native Missouri trees and was recognized by the Missouri Conservation Department as being a valuable member of the American Tree Farm System. He was an avid fan and supporter of Immaculata High School and the Missouri Tigers Football team,

His wife, Rita, a son, Thomas Franklin, and a grandson all died earlier.

Survivors include two sons, Kenneth Barry, Gainesville, Fla., and Ronald Stephen Novato, Calif.; three sisters, Doris Parks and Penelope Jane (Penny) McCullough, both of Leavenworth, and Dorothy Ishikawa, Mission; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, June 29, at Belden-Sexton-Sumpter Funeral Home, Leavenworth, where a rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.

The family suggests memorials to the Platte County Historical Society, P.O. Box 103, Platte City, Mo. 64079, or perhaps by planting a tree in his memory.

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