Steven Wendell Crayton

Steven Wendell Crayton, also known as Steve, passed away on July 26, 2023, in Independence, Missouri, at the age of 72. He was born on January 24, 1951, in Independence, Missouri. After graduating from William Chrisman High School in 1969, Steve proudly served in the United States Army from 1969-1971. During his military service, he was stationed in Stuttgart, Germany. Following his honorable discharge, Steve joined the family business, Crayton Roofing and Siding, where he worked diligently from 1972-1992.

In his free time, Steve enjoyed various hobbies, including fishing, boating, bowling, and shooting off fireworks. These activities brought him joy and relaxation throughout his life.

Steve leaves behind a loving family, including his daughter Kellie Narron (Brian); step-son Will MorganEagle (Desiree); and sister Chris Rounds (Steve). He is also survived by three grandchildren and three step-grandchildren. Steve was preceded in death by his parents Wendell and Violet Crayton, as well as his half-sister Margaret Griffin.

Visitation will be 1-2pm, followed by a Celebration of Life at 2pm, Tuesday, August 1, 2023 at Heartland Cremation and Burial Society, 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, Missouri 64133. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Animal’s Best Friends, in Independence, Missouri. Any support would be greatly appreciated.

We honor Steve’s memory and cherish the time we had with him. He will be missed deeply.

To watch Steve’s memorial service live, please click the following link:


  1. Karen McCormick on July 29, 2023 at 7:04 pm

    Our prayers and condolences to all of Steve’s family. A great guy, close friend, we will miss him but forever hold him in our hearts and prayers.

  2. Mikelette & Larry Paul on July 30, 2023 at 10:04 am

    Our heartfelt sympathy to Steve’s family. You have a lot of good memories with Steve. WE also have some crazy memories. you all will be in our prayers. Mike & Larry

  3. Lisa Ethington on July 30, 2023 at 10:13 am

    So very sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. Always enjoyed being around him as cousins when we were young. I moved away and didn’t see the family very often later in life. Chris, we left for vacation today so I can’t make the funeral. Please take care.

  4. Joan on July 30, 2023 at 10:51 am

    Dear Chris, I’m sending you and the family my heartfelt condolences for the passing of your brother/ my cousin. ( we were 14 day apart) I pray your faith in Christ will give you and the family strength during this time.
    Henry Van Dyke wrote a message about dying. He says it so well. Just when you see “she” change it to “he.”
    Gone From My Sight
    I am standing upon the seashore, a ship, at my side spreads her white sail to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean.
    She is an object of beauty and strength.
    I stand and watch her until length, she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.
    Then, someone at my side says “There, she is gone.”
    Gone where?
    Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast, hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
    And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.
    Her diminished size is in me….not in her.
    And just at the moment when someone says, “There, she gone,” there are other eyes watching her coming and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!”
    And that is dying……

  5. Mona Hopkins Boyd on July 30, 2023 at 1:48 pm

    I have such wonderful memories of Steve from decades ago. Memories that always make me smile. So sorry to hear of his passing. Prayers for Steve’s family and friends.

  6. on July 30, 2023 at 4:36 pm

    Chris, so sorry to learn about Steve’s passing. Though I never met him I’ve heard you talk about him for years so felt like I knew him too. Losing a sibling is like losing a part of your childhood.
    Prayers for you at this time.

  7. Amy Workman on July 31, 2023 at 12:39 am

    Chris, Jeff and I am so sorry to hear of this loss of your brother Steve. Your family is in my prayers

  8. Terrie Meek on July 31, 2023 at 5:29 pm

    Chris, I’m so sorry to hear of the death of your brother. I graduated in 1969 from W.C. as well.
    God Bless,
    Terrie & Don Meek

  9. Jana Parker on August 1, 2023 at 1:53 am

    Chris and family –

    So sorry to hear about your brother’s passing. I hadn’t met him, but heard you speak of him. From this, I know he was well taken care of, snd well-loved. May good memories give you peace and comfort.

  10. Shellie Paxton on August 1, 2023 at 6:18 pm

    My condolences to Steve’s family & friends. He & I became friends several years ago now. He was already good for a laugh no matter how bad of a day I was having. I’m saddened to hear of his passing. He was my ‘dragonfly birthday buddy’ since we both were born on the 24th day of January.
    Fly high my friend & stir up the angels. We can use them down here!

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