Stephen “Rug” Yewell

Rug Yewell, 52, of Kansas City, Mo passed away October 3rd, 2014. A memorial service will be held November 1, 2014 from 2-3 PM at Noland Road Baptist Church, 4505 S. Noland Road, Independence, Mo. Immediately following the service friends and family will gather at Johnnies/ Country’s/ Romie’s Bar, 5304 E. 24th Street, Kansas City, Mo to celebrate his life. Rug was born in Kansas City, Mo on May 27, 1962 to Ed and Ruth Yewell. He enjoyed his work as a demolition man and bartender. He never met a stranger. Rug was truly unique and one of a kind. Once you met him you never forgot him. He never told a friend “No” if they needed his help. He always had stories to tell and told them to anyone that listened. Survivors include his wife Susan Shortino and family, Dog Lady, Mother Ruth Yewell, Sisters; Carla, Denise, Lisa, brother Mike, and many nieces, nephews, aunts uncles and cousins. Rug was preceded in death by his father Ed Yewell, grandma and grandpa Swope, grandma Yewell, sister Lori Yewell and Cousin Randy Rue. There will be a private burial at Wayside at a later date.


  1. carla m ford on October 11, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    i love you forever stevie, and i’ll see you when i’m done here! i miss you!!

  2. Brenda Albertson Vaughan on October 11, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I’ve known you all for a long time! My thoughts & prayers are with you all. I know he will be missed. RIP Steve!

  3. LuAnn Roberts on October 11, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Kenny and I are so very sorry to hear about Steve,He truely was a one of a kind person and I dont think he ever forgot to say Hi or speak if he seen you out somewhere.He was one who lived his life out to the fullest,and we can say that not all of us have done that. Again our prayers got out to All the family,and to know we are thinking of you every day….. Sending our Love,Kenny & LuAnn Roberts

  4. Angie Lackey - Rathbone on October 11, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    R.I.P. Rug!!! U will be missed…

  5. Cory Holmes on October 11, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    I miss him sooooo much!

  6. jackie Gutridge on October 11, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Sending prayers and condolences to Susan and his family. I’ll never forget Steve came to a prayer meeting we were at he was so sincere and such a cut up too ,lol as Daniel and he talked he shared what was on his heart with him and they prayed together. He was a great guy and a friend to everyone.God Bless you buddy see you soon. Love Jake and Daniel

  7. Margaret Weaver on October 11, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    R.I.P. Rug, I knew you for so many years and have a lot of good and fun memories of our growing up together. He never knew a stranger. My prayers go out to Susan and all of his family. Praying each of you find comfort in the loving arms of our Lord.

  8. Tammy Perez on October 12, 2014 at 2:15 am

    I know for sure this man will b missed by so many people,as for he touched the lives of so many people… he was the type of person that he would always look out for so many of us… We had so many good times together when we all hung out together… I know he touched my heart along time ago… R.I.P. Rug…

  9. Tina Davidson-Johnson on October 12, 2014 at 10:54 am

    R.I.P. Rug. Your awesome smile and humour will be missed. Prayers and hugs to your family.

  10. Bonita Rudder on October 13, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with Susan, Ruth, Carla, Denise, Lisa and Mike… there are no words to describe the impact Steve had on so many lives. No truer friend will ever be had.

    Steve I loved you yesterday, I love you today and I will love you always… until we meet again.

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  12. Heather Sharpes on October 18, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    A wonderful person that will be very missed. A one of a kind man. Memories that’ll last forever. Rip Rug and my condolences to his family and susan. Never forgotten. Love and miss ya.

  13. Tammie Simsheuser on October 20, 2014 at 5:38 am

    Stephan you are one of a kind My memories go all the way back to family days at boy scout camp when you chased me cause I throw ice water on you. You was always there for everyone you knew You are going to be greatly missed by all. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers

  14. Maria Luisa Mata on October 24, 2014 at 10:51 am

    What a loss to all family & friends, may you all find comfort in the LORD. My thoughts & pryers are with all of you, may he rest in peace!

  15. Dorothy McDaniel on October 27, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Friend to all, Brother to the whole Eastside we all love you! Taken too soon, you truly will be Missed! You gave so many good memories to us all, you loved to laugh and make us laugh, your cut off Levi’s boxers and boots, you sure were a hoot 🙂 Your an East side legend no one will ever forget you!!!! To your family I’m so sorry for the loss, but just know we all feel it with you! Until we meet again we will all miss you! R.I. P. Brother, for you are no longer in pain.

  16. Martha Dukovich on October 27, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Steve “Rug” you are a legend to all and you never meet a stranger and you was always so nice and yes you told the greatest stories. You will be missed… RIP in Peace and thoughts and prayers to your family. May you rest in peace and watch over all that are left behind……

  17. Mary Bauman on October 28, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Rug,you made my job at the fair so much more fun!

  18. Kimmiru walker on October 28, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    RIP Rug, you were truly a unique guy, definitely one of a kind, I’ll always remember your great sence of humor and stories,Eastsider legend, my sincere thoughts and prayers to your wife and family and friends.

  19. Tonya Thomsen on November 1, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Rest In Peace, my prayers to the family, what a great loss. Rug was a very caring and fun guy, it seemed he was every where when I was a teen age, coming in Allen’s Dairy, Reds Arcade, party’s at Blue Valley Park, and Have a Snack. Many good memory’s,

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