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John Wayne
“Jack” Welborn
....John Wayne “Jack” Welborn was born Sept. 8, 1928 in Harrisonville, Mo., and departed this life from cancer on Jan. 29, 2016, at his home in Loch Lloyd, Mo., surrounded by the love of his family, at the age of 87. He was the son of John Emsley and Edna Pearl (Fields) Welborn.
....Jack attended school in Raymore, Mo., Baytown Tex., and Nevada, Mo. He also attended Finley Engineering in Kansas City, Mo.
....Jack worked for Foster Wheeler Corp. in Saudi Arabia for 2 1/2 years and also built refineries in Iran. Upon his return to the U.S. Jack became a member of I.B.E.W. Local #124.
....On May 30, 1951, Jack was united in marriage with Carol Decker in Harrisonville and to this union two children were born.
Jack proudly served his country in both the U.S. Merchant Marines during WWII and the United States Army in Korea. After his honorable discharge from the military in 1955, Jack went to work for Great Northern Electric where he worked his way up through the ranks to become Superintendent, and finally as Shop Superintendent for 18 years before starting his own Company. In 1972, Jack and M. R. “Red” Windham began Electrical Corporation of America (ECA) in Kansas City.
....In 1973 Jack became a member of National Electric Contractors of America and within four years he was elected to his Chapter’s Board of Directors, and was President from 1983-1989 and Governor of NECA from 1989-1998. Jack was also a founding father and member of the Board of Trustees for Electric International. Jack had served on the Joint Labor Management Committee and the Negotiating Committee in 1981. He served on the Health & Welfare, Pension and Annuity Trust Funds from 1983 through 1992. On the national level, Jack invested three years as a member of the National Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee and the NECA Manpower Development Committee. He was also the first contractor in the midwest to win the Electrical Industry Eagle Award. Jack was a founder of the Electrical Contracting Foundation, where he committed time, money and expertise to generate the power of the future. He was recognized on the list of the largest volume electrical contractors in the U.S for several years.
....Jack and Carol enjoyed traveling all over the world with the Electrical Contracting Association members.
....Jack was a charter member and member of the board of directors of the Peculiar Lions Club, a member of V.F.W. Post #3118 of Pleasant Hill and a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Ararat Shrine. He was also a member of the Community of Christ Church of Pleasant Hill.
....Jack was preceded in death by: his parents, John and Pearl Welborn, both in 1995; two brothers, Gail Welborn in 1977 and Gary Welborn in 2014; and one sister, Virginia Wallace in 2004.
....He is survived by: his wife Carol of the home; two daughters, Debbie Kolwyck and husband Danny of McAlpin, Fla., and Donna Farrar of Bucyrus, Kan.; one sister, Shirley Paul of Greenwood, Mo.; grandchildren, Shannon Quick and husband Jay and Casey Heflin and wife Joy, all of Pleasant Hill, Natasha Stock and husband Chris of Overland Park, Kan., Lane Farrar and wife Vanessa of New York City, Shaylynn Kolwyck of McAlpin, Seth Farrar of Lawrence Kan., Kassidy and Josiah Kolwyck, both of McAlpin; great-grandchildren Austin, Calob, Bobbie Sue, Cameron, Cody, Taylor, Ciel, Clayton, Jackson and Miller; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
....Funeral Services for John W. “Jack” Welborn were held on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, with Evangelist Don Carlile officiating.
....Casket bearers were Lane Farrar, Seth Farrar, Casey Heflin, Austin Heflin, Chris Stock and Kevin Connealy. Honorary bearers were Danny Kolwyck, Jay Quick and Sonny Paul.
....Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the United States Army and V.F.W. Honors Team, Post #3118 of Pleasant Hill. A Masonic Service was held during visitation the previous night.
....The family suggests contributions to the Pleasant Hill Education Foundation/Welborn Family Scholarship.
....Services were under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home.

Henry E. Funkhouser
....Henry E. Funkhouser, 91 of Pleasant Hill, Mo., was born July 11, 1924, in Raytown, Mo., the son of James E. and Anna L. (Pendelton) Funkhouser. He departed this life Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville, surrounded with love and family.
....On Aug. 13, 1950, he was united in marriage to Arline Volkart at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in California, Mo. She preceded him in death on Nov. 17, 2015.
....Early in Henry’s career he worked alongside his family at Funkhouser Dairy in Raytown; later he owned and operated Henry Funkhouser Construction of Pleasant Hill, where he used his gift as a carpenter to build numerous homes in the Pleasant Hill area. He also farmed.
....Henry was an active member and former Sunday school teacher of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Harrisonville. In his spare time he enjoyed farming, latch hook, puzzles and spending time with family.
....He was preceded in death by four sisters, May DeBrot, Helen Aldrich, Julia Cole and Leona Cary.
....Henry is survived by: three daughters, Becky and husband Terry Wilson and Annie and husband Bill Vaughn, both of Pleasant Hill, and Patty husband and Mark Diers, of Howard Lake, Minn.; six grandchildren, Todd and wife Nici Wilson of Pleasant Hill, Adam and wife Crystal Vaughn of Lone Jack, Mo., Scott and wife Jennifer Vaughn of Pleasant Hill, Julie Kinney of Pleasant Hill, Jeff and wife Leisha Diers, and Keith and fiancé Bridget Comee Diers, both of Howard Lake; nine great-grandchildren Taylor, Conway and Delilah Vaughn, Tyne and Truman Wilson, Tyler and Olivia Vaughn, Emma and Michael Kinney; other relatives and many friends.
....Visitation was held on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, and one hour prior to the service at Our Savior Lutheran Church on Wednesday, Feb. 3 with Pastor John Stelter officiating. Interment followed in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Jeff Diers, Keith Diers, Adam Vaughn, Scott Vaughn, Todd Wilson and Bruce Simms.
....In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are lovingly suggested to Our Savior Lutheran Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
....Online condolences may be sent to the family at
....Arrangements were under the direction of the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home.