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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.