John graduated from St. Pius X High School in 1967. He was a veteran of the US Navy and served three tours during the Vietnam War. John married Betty Johnson on May 5, 1973.
John was Chief Executive Officer of a Service Disabled Veteran Corporation. He spent his professional career in Corporate America serving in a variety of positions. He began in the Full Service Truck Leasing Industry where he was one of the industry leaders, ultimately serving as President and CEO of a prominent leasing company. His love of chocolate led him to World’s Finest Chocolate, where he worked with fundraisers for over 15 years. Later John started and ran Mail Solutions, Inc., a mail service company, for 12 years. At the time of his death, John was involved in another fledgling business in the changing lighting industry.
John earned the rank of Eagle Scout, with all the Palms. He was a Hardway Warrior in the tribe of Mic-O-Say, and later an elevation made him Sachem Distant Falling Red Star. John spent many years at H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation, teaching and helping boys. He was a member of the Board of Directors at St. Pius X High School and was President of the COA Board at Point Royal in Branson, Missouri. He was a Master Mason, 32nd Degree Scottish Rite, Noble of the Shrine, as well as a Life member of Navy League, American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. As a member of VFW Post 7356, he served as Post and District Quartermaster and Commander. During his tenure he became the only person in Missouri VFW history to attain the coveted All American Status in both these positions.
John was known for many other things that could make us smile, laugh, and enjoy his company. He enjoyed entertaining people with his beautiful voice and had a great many jokes in his repertoire. He recorded a number of songs for his wife, daughter, and grandchildren. John loved his cars and was constantly cleaning and polishing each Corvette he owned—which he always named. He sold “Baby” to one of his best friends, Roger, who I know spends as much time with her (sorry, Carol) as John did. John’s last Corvette, “Beauty,” holds memories each of his family members will treasure.
Survivors include his wife, Betty of 44 years; daughter, Brandy (Jim) Honn; two grandchildren, Hannah and Brendan, all of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; son, Kevin Steverson of Alaska; and one sister, Maureen Holton of Kansas City, Missouri.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 30 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Kansas City, MO. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Pius X High School or VFW Post 7356. Memories of John and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.