Richard AhMu

Richard "Henry" Fruen AhMu, of Overland Park, KS died Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at the Hospice House due to complications of diabetes. Henry was born in Hamilton, New Zealand on November 7, 1958 to Richard and Edna (Ormsby) AhMu. He and his family moved to Laie, Oahu, Hawaii in 1969 and then moved to Independence, MO in 1972. He graduated from Truman High School in 1977 and also became a naturalized citizen that same year. He was trained by his father to be an auto body and paint technician (combination auto body man), which he chose as his profession. In 1985, he was diagnosed with diabetes, a disease that can be managed with strict blood sugar control and diet. However, at times he didn’t follow his doctors orders and wasn’t very diligent with following medical protocol. At the time of his death, he wanted others to know the effects of not controlling diabetes. In October 2006, he was admitted to the hospital for congestive heart failure and the beginning stages of retinal bleeding (bleeding of the eye) and was beginning to lose his eyesight.  In April of 2008 he was diagnosed with kidney failure and told he needed a kidney transplant or dialysis.  Due to other health problems, he was unable to have either one. The reason all of the details of his illness were written in this obituary is so that people who have diabetes will be aware of all of the complications of not controlling the disease. Survivors include his wife, Diana Lynn AhMu; sisters, Louisa Thompson and husband Dan, Catherine Wilkins and children, and Melba AhMu; brothers, Oliver Ormsby AhMu and wife Maria and children, Joseph AhMu and wife Cindy and children; mother-in-law, Ruth Ann Woodard; sisters-in-law, Dana Woodard and Valerie Woodard; brothers-in-law, Philip Woodard and Gregory Woodard; and many beloved nieces and nephews. Services will be held Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 2:00 PM at the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS, 5609 Norfleet Rd, KCMO 64133.


  1. Glenn Warke on April 2, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    I am proud to say that Henry was my best friend, I cant say that I have ever met a more nicer person in the world. He had a great sense of humor, he was a very skilled artisan and would give you his shirt if you asked. I will miss Henry and the long talks we had. I will miss my friend. I hope his family is doing well in this hard time. My heartfelt prayers go out to his wife Diana and their family. Henry was truly one of a kind…

  2. Bruce Holeman on August 10, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    I went to Truman High School with Richard. I never saw him again after we graduated, but Richard was not a person you forget. He was always a genuine, and nice person.

  3. Jan Kozierowski on July 27, 2018 at 10:58 am

    I’m very sorry if I’m making a mistake, but if the person here is Henry Ahmu who was involved in making and restoration of sword handles, I would like to get in contact with the family. I don’t know why I’m doing this, but I just took my japanese styled sword sword and started explaining to my fiancee about the fact that the tsuka (handle) was indeed made by Hanry Ahmu. And it is ROCK SOLID till today. It was well over 10 years ago, more like 15 or more. I’m living in Poland which is around 8000 km away from Kansas but somehow I still remember the man who made the handle for me. The craftsmanship is excellent. I will never get rid of the sword even if I had to die from starvation. I only spoke with Henry by e-mail but somehow I still remember him. He was such a nice guy and did excellent job. My sword reminds me of him even though I have never met him. Every time I look at the sword I think of him…

  4. Jan Kozierowski on July 27, 2018 at 11:01 am

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