Richard Dale Sharpnack

Richard Dale Sharpnack was born August 12, 1937 in Ulysses, Kansas.  He passed away January 25, 2016 in his home in Shawnee, Kansas.  A celebration of his life will be held on Monday, February 1, 2016 at 2:00 PM at Union Hill Veteran’s Hall, 3027 Walnut, Kansas City, MO.

Richard lived the majority of his childhood and younger years in Texas and called it his home.

He proudly served his country in the US Army from 1956 to 1958 and received an honorable discharge upon his departure due to his mother’s illness.  Richad met the love of his life in 1958.  He and Pat were married in 1959 in Kermit, Texas.  They had three children together: Chris, Shana and Dustin.  They were the love of each other’s life but the struggles of life caused the marriage to dissolve in 1993.

Richard worked for the Katy Railroad and retired from the Union Pacific Railroad.  He was a generous man who knew no stranger.

Richard loved baseball and enjoyed the years he watched and participated in all three of his children’s baseball games and played softball into his fifties.  He was a loyal Royals, Chiefs, and KU Fan.

Richard had many interests and a few vices, among them were genealogy, coin collecting, and video poker.

Richard is survived by his adoring and adorned children and their spouses: Chris & Sherry, Shana and Robin, Dustin and Cathy; his ex-wife who was his friend and love, Pat; grandchildren, Amanda, Nicholas, Savannah, Samuel, Avary and Brynna; great granddaughter, Layla; brothers, Buster, Joe and David. Richard had many friends he called family, too many to name.

We love you Dad, Husband, Brother, Papa and Friend.  You live on in our hearts and fond memories.  We will always miss you.



  1. Jeani Wells on January 29, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    RIP, my friend. I had so much more to talk to you about

  2. Shannon Bruce on January 29, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    I got to play baseball for Coach Sharpnack I really enjoyed playing baseball for him he actually had me catch for the first time I taught me few things when played I will forever cherish that time on his team Rest Easy Coach

  3. Brenda Clark on January 30, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    I will miss your stories, laughter and hugs. We will always remember you.

  4. Mike Robert on January 30, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    So sorry about your to hear about your Dad. We will be praying for all of you.

  5. Glenda (Gus) and John Grafton on February 1, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Pat and children, I was sorry to read of Richard’s passing in the paper. I enjoyed his visits at Dr. Matthew’s office when he brought the children in to see their favorite nurse, Momma Pat. We send our sympathy and love, treasure your memories. Love, The Graftons.

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