Donald Grasty, 78, of Grandview, passed away on Sunday, April 1, 2012, at Kansas City Hospice House after a stoic fight with pancreatic cancer. Don was born Nov. 4, 1933, to Velma and Fredrick Grasty in Marshall. During his youth he enjoyed dirt and stock car racing. After serving in the United States Army from 1955 to 1957, he attended Finnely College, graduating in 1962 with a degree in structural engineering. Don began his employment with Missouri Highway State Department in 1963 and retired in 1995. When asked what he did for a living, he replied jokingly, "I designed bridges, most of which are still standing". In 1959, he married Patricia Laughman. To this union four children were born. In 1977 Patricia preceded him in death. Don made the commitment to be both mother and father to his four children, and sacrificed much to give all four of his children opportunities to develop into faith filled, self reliant adults. Over the years, he was actively involved in scouting. He served as scout master for many years for Boy Scout troop 190. During his tenure as scout master, he served as camp scout master at H. Roe Bartle in Osceola. He was a member of tribe of Mic O Say. He
mentored countless scouts whom some he maintained lifelong relationships with. His proudest accomplishment of scouting was when he led the Philmont expedition in 1978. He took great pride in watching his son and grandsons continue the scouting tradition, which includes the rank of Eagle Scout and the Philmont expedition. Don and his son David ventured out on their motorcycles touring the country, leaving an abundance of stories and photos to reminisce upon. After his four children were raised, he enjoyed his retirement years with his companion; Martha Arnall, who preceded him in death in 2008. For many years they enjoyed "snowbirding" in Arizona and spending time at the Lake of the Ozarks. Don and Martha attended countless PTA activities, dance recitals and scouting events, leaving lifelong treasures to hold. Don is survived by his four children, Susan Kelly and her husband, Mike, of Grandview, David Grasty and his wife, Patty, of Cincinnati, Ohio, Ruth Grasty of Kansas City North and Becky Winbinger and her husband, Matt, of Kansas City North; 11 grandchildren, "The Kelly kids," Patrick Kelly and Jessica Herdliska and her husband, Mitch; "The Gang in Cincinnati," Jamie, Erin, John and Garrison Grasty; "The Abney kids," Christopher and Sarah Kate; and "Maynard's Bunch," Benjamin, Katie and Lauren Winbinger; and many extended family members. He is survived by his beloved pet and companion Josie, "pup dog." Visitation will be held at D.W. Newcomer's Floral Hills Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 4, from 7 to 9 pm. A Mic O Say service will be held at 8:30 pm. Funeral rites will be held on Thursday, April 5, at 10:30 a.m. at Coronation of Our Lady Catholic Church, 13000 Bennington Ave., Kansas City, MO 64030. Graveside services will follow at Mt. Moriah Cemetery. A reception will be held at Coronation Of Our Lady Catholic Church after the graveside service. Don was a unique character, known for his stories, at many times lengthy ones, and his phrases that he used to make his point. Our father was our mentor, friend and lifeline. He influenced his children and instilled in all of them, strength, independence and the opportunities to make their choices and support all of their endeavors. The family would like to express their appreciation to the Kansas City Hospice, Saint Luke's North Hospital and countless friends and neighbors. The family suggests contributions to the Kansas City Hospice House. Dad you will be fondly remembered and loved by many. "We love you Dad, but you already know that." "Soar high and free lone silent eagle."
Fond memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.floralhillsfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of D.W. Newcomer's Sons Floral Hills Funeral Home, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64133, 816-353-1218.
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