Edward (Ed) Joseph Dauck, CMSGT, USAF-Ret

Edward (Ed) J. Dauck, age 99, passed away on Friday, May 19th, 2023, at North Kansas City Hospital as a result of complications following an emergency surgery.

Ed was born in Jennings, Missouri on August, 4th, 1923. In 1925, he and his parents moved to Avondale, Missouri where he graduated from North Kansas City High School in 1941. He was an active member of the Masonic Alpha Lodge, #659, and rose to Master Mason in 1949.

In 1943, he was called to active duty with the Army Air Corps, and served in the European Theater with the 9th Air Force as a radio operator. Ed returned from Europe to Avondale in December 1945, and married the former Lois Jean McClanahan on January 6, 1946 at McMurry United Methodist Church. He and Lois were married for 64 years.

Ed was recalled to active duty in 1951 and served with the USAF until retiring in 1972, achieving the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. During his Air Force career, Ed worked in accounting & finance, and was stationed in South Dakota, Okinawa, California, Greenland, Alabama, Hawaii and North Dakota. While in the Air Force, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Omaha in 1960.

After retiring from the armed services in 1972, he and Lois moved to Melbourne, Florida. There, he began a second career in banking for 14 years, becoming VP/Cashier of the Sun Trust Bank of Palm Bay, Florida. Ed was also associated with the First Union Bank as a Branch Manager and Loan Officer. Upon retirement from banking, he worked in the public school system in the Melbourne area as a substitute teacher at the secondary school level for several years.

For over 40 years, Ed was involved in studying the American Civil War and lecturing on the subject. Ed was past president and founder of the Civil War Round Table of Brevard County, Florida. Ed and Lois were members of St Paul’s United Methodist Church in Melbourne. In 1996, Ed and Lois returned to live in Kansas City where he served as Office Manager of Heartland Women’s Healthcare until 1999. In Kansas City, Ed and Lois were members of Gashland Presbyterian Church, and McMurry United Methodist Church.

In 2011, at age 88, Ed began volunteering at St Luke’s North Hospital where he achieved 6000+ hours of volunteer service. He worked 2-3 days a week in Admitting and Registration, and truly enjoyed meeting patients, chatting with the staff, and being of service to the hospital community. He was there until 2019 when Covid-19 abruptly ended the volunteer services, but Ed remained in touch with many of the people he worked with until his death.

One of Ed’s favorite pastimes through the years was playing golf, and one of his great achievements was having his name published in the Kansas Star Golf section in 2006 for scoring a Hole in One.

He also played baseball during his childhood and until his early 40’s. He remained an avid fan of  the sport throughout his life.

Ed developed a passion for painting in his 70’s, and enjoyed sharing what he referred to as his “Renderings” with family & friends.

Ed was preceded in death by his wife Lois in 2010.

He is survived by daughter, Cynthia Seifert (William), of Kansas City; sons, Michael Dauck (Susan), of Cold Brook, NY; and Mark Dauck (Cindy), of Clearwater, FL. Ed and Lois were blessed with five grandchildren: Collin Seifert and Meagan Imgarten (Jeff), of Kansas City, MO; Catrina Duncan, Melbourne, FL; Steven Dauck (USAF), Honolulu, HI; and Laura Dauck, Coldbrook, NY. In addition, they were very proud of their seven great grandchildren: Rowan, Harper, and Kellen Imgarten; Kaiden Bouley, and Kail and Sophia Duncan; and Abella Franks. He is also survived by a brother-in-law, Bill McClanahan, Kansas City, MO, and several nieces & nephews. He will also be missed by his beloved furry companion, Miss Kitty.

From our family:
The world has lost another member of The Greatest Generation, another World War II, Korean War & Vietnam War Veteran, and a very fine and kind gentleman.

We have lost our North Star, our Quips & Quotes Dispenser, our Mentor, our Patriarch, and our Loyal & Loving Dad, Grandfather, & Great-grandfather.

Dad, you were the heart and soul of our family, and the world is eerily quiet and still without your guidance, your honesty, your dependability, dry wit, and sense of humor. You touched the lives of so many, and the world is a better place because of you. You are forever missed, and forever loved.

A Celebration of Life will be held on what would have been Ed’s 100th Birthday, Friday, August 4th, 2023 at 2:30 PM; Riverstone Retirement Community; 9000 N Congress Avenue, KCMO 64153.

His ashes will be interred at the Leavenworth National Cemetery on the morning of August 4th, 2023.

In lieu of flowers, our Dad suggested contributions in his memory be made to The Salvation Army: give.salvationarmyusa.org or checks may be made payable to The Salvation Army & mailed to: 5306 N Oak Trafficway, KCMO 64118.


  1. Suzanne and Jim Castleberry on July 10, 2023 at 3:35 pm

    Your father led an honorable and very remarkable life. Ed deserves to be thought of as an outstanding role model for generations of family to follow. I know how proud you are of of him and that you will always lovingly remember “Sarge” every day. His life was a life well lived.

  2. Marvin Blakeman on July 10, 2023 at 4:27 pm

    Dear Cyndi and Bob,
    One of the most treasured blessings of life is when fate puts us in touch with a friend who possesses qualities that enriches
    our lives forever. Ed was such a man and you expressed his unlimited attributes beautifully.
    Ed’s sparkle always lit up the room and his rich voluminous voice expressed a love for life, country and compatriots. He was a good listener, as well, and new how to keep a conversation alive.
    A man of this caliber cannot help but be loved by those who knew him and I shall miss him terribly.

  3. Kim McClanahan (niece) and Bill McClanahan ( brother in law) on July 10, 2023 at 7:25 pm

    Cyndi, Mike and Mark and family. Please accept this beloved condolence from Uncle Willy and I. Our folks shared a lot of time together before we were born. The history of our families sharing time together will never be forgotten. Uncle EJ and Aunt Lois graciously opened their home to us which allowed us to experience places all over the US. EJ’s military training certainly prepared him to handle 4 teenagers (and young Mark) for six weeks for the summer in Hawaii. His love for country, church, community, family and friends has certainly made a tidal wave inmpact on many lives. Thanks Uncle for all the blessed memories.

  4. Sandy Bjorn on July 10, 2023 at 7:30 pm

    Ed and I started volunteering together in 2011 at St. Luke’s North. I learned quickly that he was an incredible person with many interests and an expert on the Civil War. He graciously accepted my request to give a talk to our Senior Saints group at my church. We thoroughly enjoyed his talk with many questions to follow. I feel so honored to have known him and he leaves a big void not only at St. Luke’s but in our world.

  5. Jack and Dije Raye on July 11, 2023 at 6:57 pm

    It is those “people of honor” who created the good and aspirational legacy which makes us proud to be Americans. Our love and blessings to the whole family

  6. Michael Adams on July 11, 2023 at 7:02 pm

    Knowing you all these years I never had the opportunity to meet your father he did a lot for society and his country he will be missed by all the ones that he served no matter what he did, and I’m sure they’re staying till this day , I wonder what he’s doing now! RIP!

  7. Patricia Hagsten on July 11, 2023 at 8:48 pm

    To all of you,
    Ed’s passing is a great loss… prayers

  8. Cheryl Revenaugh on July 17, 2023 at 7:40 am

    I had the pleasure and honor of working along side of Ed during his volunteer years at St Luke’s North. He was loved by so many there, and was missed greatly. I was always amazed at his recollection of facts when he would tell stories of his past and of his family. He gave me one of his paintings once, which I will cherish always!

  9. Patricia Strong on July 17, 2023 at 5:51 pm

    I worked with Ed at st Luke’s and always enjoyed his co. W have been at St Luke’s for over 20 years and know how much it means to all of us. I have missed Ed a lot since we returned after Covid was over and I felt his presence was important to everyone. He was certainly a great friend and I will always think of him when I am at work.

  10. Asmita patel on July 17, 2023 at 8:18 pm

    So sorry to hear about E d work with .his Divine soul rest in peace praying for family.

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