Herman M. “Herb” Force, 79, of Kansas City, Clay County, Missouri died peacefully at the North Kansas City Hospital Hospice Care Center with his devoted wife Barbara J. Wolf-Force of 44 years, by his side on September 22, 2022. Born to Herman M. Force and Maxine (Smith) Force on May 24, 1943, Herb grew up in Kansas City, Kansas where he graduated from Turner High School. Upon graduation, he served in the United States Army where he was trained in electrical technology serving in West Germany. After his Honorable discharge from the Army, Herb went to work at the Santa Fe Railroad. During his work as an electrician with the railroad, he attended college and ultimately graduated from Avila University. He remained in the railroad industry and was promoted into management providing him and Barbara with a life of travel and making many wonderful friends across the southwest. After thirty years of service with the railroad, he retired in 2003. Herbs lifelong ambition came to fruition, once retired, by owning his own shop where he spent every day restoring vintage cars. He built a 6,000 square foot restoration “hobby” shop in Northmoor, Missouri where he tinkered with vintage cars, chatted and shared like conversation with friends and of course, rescued and adopted numerous stray cats that would show up in need of a warm bed and a steady meal. His main love was restoring vintage Corvette Stingrays from the 1960s. Herb was a proud member of the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) where he made many lifelong friends. During the course of his life, he and Barbara enjoyed the company of many family and friends. He had a gentle disposition and was universally well-liked. Herb was survived by his wife Barbara and his son Damon M. Force of Leawood, Kansas. Also left behind were Herb’s sisters, Beverly Lane and Susan Carver, cousins, nieces, nephews and countless friends. Herb was truly loved and will be sorely missed by all.
The family will hold a private gathering to celebrate Herb’s life. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made in Herb’s memory to NorthCare Hospice House and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.