David Lewis Greathouse

David Lewis Greathouse, or as his friends knew him, “Captain Dave”, of Independence, Missouri passed away August 14, 2015 at his home from natural causes.  A visitation for David will be held on Wednesday, August 19th at 6:00pm at the Heartland Cremation & Burial Society located at 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, Missouri 64133. A eulogy will be delivered by his grandson, Davie Holt, starting at 7pm.  In lieu of flowers, Beverly asks that donations be made to Good Shepherd Hospice as thanks for the excellent care they provided the family in the final weeks of David’s life. Go to Good Shepherd Hospice’s website www.goodshepherdhospices.com to make a contribution. A gathering will be held at FOE 3717 after his visitation Wednesday night.

Captain Dave was born on May 6th, 1940 in Kansas City, Missouri. Dave was a hero to his family and the community. He proudly retired from 30 years of service from the Independence Fire Department at age 55. He was a selfless husband, a loving father, and a wonderful grandpa or “Papa”. Dave was an avid golfer, past President of FOE 3717, and could be depended on to fix or build nearly anything with little or no instruction or assistance. Dave was very intelligent and outgoing. He regularly brought a smile to the face of all those who interacted with him. He will be remembered fondly for his kindness, bravery, and industrious nature.

Dave was preceded in death by his mother Violet, his father Lester, as well as his siblings Martha, Barbra, and Albert. Dave is survived by his wife Beverly, their daughter Melody and her Husband Chuck, as well as his granddaughter Kara, his grandson Davie and his wife Courtney, and a great-grandson expected to arrive this October. . As per David’s wishes his ashes will be scattered at the golf course of his choosing upon the return of his “Sweetie-Pie” Kara from active duty overseas in the US Navy.  Also Captain Dave asked that all of his friends and fellow Eagles have a party in his honor and celebrate his life.

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  1. Donna Lamb on August 16, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Captain Dave will be greatly missed. He is one of the smartest men I know. He loved to have fun. He can have a cocktail with my dad now.

  2. Jane Zapien on August 16, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family. Memories of and love for your grandfather are forever!

  3. Sheryl Rowden on August 17, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    An Uncle that will leave warm and happy memories of a very special man who always had smile on that handsome face! We will truly miss him and we owe him special tribute for his devoted and unselfish services on the fire department and to his family. We will all miss him.
    Love and prayers from his niece, Sherry and the Rowdens, and to Aunt Bev, Mel, Chuck, Kara, Davie and Courtney and Baby Greathouse with whom Uncle David was so excited to play Kick-a-poo with!

  4. DELORES HENDERSON on August 17, 2015 at 2:45 pm


  5. Bob warden on August 19, 2015 at 6:43 am

    Sorry to here Bev,David and I had good times at station one hugs to you and family.

  6. Mark Clement on August 19, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    It was a joy working with Dave for many years. Always treasuted his attitude and sense of humor.

  7. Virginia Hudson, Encore Theatre President on September 3, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    The family of Robert Hudson, IFD retired, sends its sincere sympathy to the family of Dave Greathouse. We hope this message comforts you in your time of grief.

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