Kenneth Larry “Kenny” Edmonds, 79, Oak Grove, MO (formerly of Parkville, MO) passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at North Kansas City Hospital with his loving family by his side. Kenny was born to Herbert M. and Lydia M. (Roberts) Edmonds on May 27, 1943, in Auburn, NE.
Kenny was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and trapping. Eventually everyone went on a fishing trip with Kenny. He was a beekeeper for over 30 years, who made much of his own equipment, and always gave away his honey to bring a smile to family, friends, and acquaintances.
Kenny will be remembered for his generous heart and helping hand for anyone needing help. He was the go-to-man for fixing anything and everything. Kenny took pleasure in helping others, but also in teaching them to help themselves. He never met a stranger.
He was united in marriage with Anita Mae Schwarting on September 20, 1965. He and Anita built a home in Parkville, MO, doing much of the work themselves. On the property, they created a small farmstead consisting of rabbits, chickens, hunting dogs, and goats. Together, they had two children, John and Lisa. Anita preceded Kenny in death on February 11, 2019.
Kenny was a member of Temple Gate lodge No. 299, where he was elevated to the status of Master Mason. He was also an advisor for DeMolay and Jobs Daughter with his children.
Kenny worked at General Mills Flour Mill as a machine mechanic for 38 years, from 1966 to 2004, where he was known for occasionally bringing in “exotic” foods (mostly from his hunting adventures) for his coworkers to sample. He retired in October of 2004, after which he took more fishing and hunting trips.
Kenny found love again with longtime acquaintance Barbara (Crisp) Edmonds and married again on August 13, 2022. They enjoyed each other’s company very much and were able to travel before their time together was unexpectedly cut short.
Kenny is survived by his two children: son, John Edmonds and his partner Robert Burns of Overland Park, KS; daughter, Lisa Pittman and husband Shawn of Parkville, MO; a beloved granddaughter, Kelsey (Pittman) Buchheim and husband Zach; and one great grandson: Oliver Samuel Buchheim; his new wife, Barbara (Crisp) Edmonds; her children and their families; two sisters: Frances “Frankie” Elaine (Edmonds) Workman and her partner Tom Freeman; and Beverly J. (Edmonds) McWilliams. Kenny was preceded in death by both parents, Herbert and Lydia Edmonds; and two brothers: Keith Herbert Edmonds and Roger Dale “Butch” Edmonds. He will also be missed by many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 27, 2023, at Meyers Northland Chapel 401 Main St. Parkville, MO. Funeral service celebrating Kenny’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 28, 2023, at the chapel with Rev. Matt Dunn of the First Baptist Church of Bates City officiating, where Kenny was a member. Interment will immediately follow at East Slope Cemetery in Riverside, MO. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Pheasants Forever – https://www.pheasantsforever.org. Memories of Kenny and condolences to the family may be shared at htps://meyersfuneralchapel.com.