Luke Joseph Kates

Luke Joseph Kates, passed away unexpectedly on April 19, 2023, in Independence, Missouri. He was only 37 years old. His family is deeply saddened by his sudden death. Luke was born on February 24, 1986.

Services for Luke will take place on Tuesday April 25, 2023, at Abundant Life Church, 304 SW Persels Road, Lees Summit, MO 64081. Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM and his Funeral Service will follow at 11:00 AM. Graveside Service will begin at 1:00 PM at Oak Ridge Memory Gardens, 18301 East Salisbury Road, Independence, MO 64056.

Luke is survived by his father Johnny Kates and mother Barbara Kates, his wife Karina Kates, his children Beckett Kates and Nova Kates. Forever remembered by his siblings Jacob Kates and his wife Ashley Kates, Lori Babers and her husband Nate Babers. Forever loved by his nephews Trey Kates, Mason Kates, Jonathan Babers, Zachary Babers and Elijah Babers.

Luke is preceded in death by his brother Johnny Lee Kates Jr., grandparents William Kates, Dorothy Kates, Claude Strutton, Lora Strutton and his adopted grandparents Alvin and Margaret Cain.

Luke was born at Menorah Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. He grew up in Kansas City, Independence and Oak Grove, Missouri. He started his own company and was always his own boss.

Luke was a passionate soul and was always the life of the party. His passions included motorcycles, off-roading, softball, anything that went fast, golf, fishing and the list goes on and on. His biggest passion was his family and friends.

Luke was a compassionate son, brother, husband, dad, and friend. His laugh would fill up a room, and his mischievous smile would let you know he was always up to something. Luke was, above all, honest and loyal to the people that were in his circle. He made an impact on any life he touched. Luke will be greatly missed. Until we hug again.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to go to the Fundraiser for Luke’s wife and kids. Donate Here


  1. Jessica Sasek Souza on April 28, 2023 at 4:45 pm

    I am so sad to hear this. Luke was a super fun and cool classmate in Jr high when we attended school together. Praying for his family.

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