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Albert Nathan died easily and peacefully on Wednesday March 4, 2009 in Kansas City, Kansas. He was surrounded by his wife Patt and members of his loving family. Memorial Services will be held at the Heartland Funeral Home (6113 Blue Ridge Blvd) in Raytown, Missouri on Tuesday March 10. Visiting will be from 6-7pm with Memorial Services to follow.
Big Al, as he was known to his friends, was born August 13, 1936 in San Francisco, California to Robert and Lucy Nathan. He joined the United States Air Force and served in Germany during the Korean War where his Polaroid camera was with him constantly; he was cited in a military magazine as being the good will ambassador with a camera. After the service he began his lifelong work in the telephone industry moving from California to Nevada, Illinois, Southern California, Texas and finally Kansas City, Missouri. Although his work included many phases his favorite was instructing in basic telephony the course that he developed. He enjoyed life, his work, his friends, and most of all his family. His interests were many and varied from reading Louis L’Amour western novels to quantum theory. He loved, children, trees, small animals, kites, funny hats, jokes, bright flowers and especially sunbeams. Until his health declined he celebrated every occasion by taking photographs. As it declined he celebrated every occasion with gratitude for the extra time. He anticipated each poker game with glee and had a ready joke for every occasion. He planted a tree at each home and believed one lives on in the children they love and raise.
He is survived by his loving family – Patricia Anne wife of 47 years, children Paul of San Francisco, Regina and grand daughter Bryna Taylor Anne of Bakersfield, David Nathan of Kansas City, MO, Lt. Col Lawrence Nathan of North Carolina, his wife Karen and grandchildren Jordan Lee, Sarah, and William, Kevin Nathan of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, his wife Dawn and grandchildren Christopher, Timothy, Nicholas, William David, Kathryn, and Stefan; he is survived also by his beloved brother Robert Nathan of Pasadena, niece Sheila Mathewson of Newport Beach and nephew Andrew Nathan of Huntington Beach, cousin and dear friend William (Turk) Tergis also cousins Paul of San Francisco and Jerry of Bolinas, California; he is survived by his sister-in-law Arlene Naegelin of Bakersfield, and sister-in-law Of The Heart Candace Wilson of Overland Park, Kansas, daughter in law Of The Heart Nancy Nathan, of Independence, Children Of The Heart Don Cosgrove and grandchildren Of The Heart Tom, Emily and Lily, Michael Burr and wife Angie, grandchildren Of The Heart Madeline Rose, Mary Cecilia and Lucy Lynn; Randall Dyer and wife Gloria with grandchildren Of The Heart Emily and Julianne of Kansas City, MO.
Al treasured his friends of the past and present, dear neighbors, book club friends, and of course Dr. Harriet Langley and the staff at Leawood Dialysis who added years to his life for us all to share and enjoy. He was a strong man, a brave man, with a need to nurture and protect. His final word was to us around him "CELEBRATE". We celebrate his great heart, courageous life, his never-ending love, and especially his final peace.
His wishes were for contributions to be made in lieu of flowers to St. Judes Childrens Hospital, 501 St. Judes Place, Memphis, TN 38105