OBITUARY

Park Bertram Lightfoot Jr.

August 14, 1931January 19, 2020

Park Lightfoot, 88, died peacefully, January 19, 2020 at NorthCare Hospice House surrounded by his family.

He was born in Kansas City, Missouri to Park Lightfoot, Sr. and Loretta Bernice (Beebe) Lightfoot. He graduated from Central High School in 1948, then enlisted in the United States Navy in 1949 and served honorably until his discharge 1953. On April 8 of the same year, he married Carol Ehret.

From their union of 66 years, they had four children, Cynthia Lankford, Katherine (Bill) Harper, Lorrie Lightfoot, and Jon (Patty) Lightfoot; they have seven grand-children; Ryan (Anne) Walton, Jonathan Lightfoot, Jennifer Lightfoot, Joseph Lightfoot, Cole (Carla) Harper, Stephen Lankford, and Stephanie (Nick) Griffin; six great grand-children, Sebastian Wood, Alyssa Lightfoot, Quinn Walton, Parker Walton, Luna Harper, and Mercy Griffin. Park is also survived by a brother, David L. Lightfoot.

Park and Carol have both been members of Hillside Christian Church since 1972. Park was also a member of Silver Haired City Council and a founding member of Northland Neighborhoods.

The Family would like to thank Kansas City VA Medical Center, KU Medical Center, and NorthCare Hospice House for all their care and kindness shown to Park and the family.

Park was active in the Boy Scouts of America and is a member of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say; Park was extremely proud that his son, Jon is an Eagle Scout as well as both grandsons, Jonathan and Joseph Lightfoot.

  • FAMILY

  • Park Bertram Lightfoot, Sr., Father (deceased)
  • Loretta Bernice Beebe, Mother (deceased)
  • Carol (Ehret) Lightfoot, Wife
  • Cynthia Lankford, Daughter
  • Katherine Harper (Bill), Daughter
  • Lorrie Lightfoot, Daughter
  • Jon Lightfoot (Patty), Son
  • David Lightfoot, Brother
  • Ryan Walton (Anne), Grandson
  • Jonathan Lightfoot, Grandson
  • Jennifer Lightfoot, Granddaughter
  • Joseph Lightfoot, Grandson
  • Cole Harper (Carla), Grandson
  • Stephen Lankford, Grandson
  • Stephanie Griffin (Nick), Granddaughter
  • Sebastian Wood, Great Grandson
  • Alyssa Lightfoot, Great Granddaughter
  • Quinn Walton, Great Grandchild
  • Parker Walton, Great Grandson
  • Luna Harper, Great Granddaughter
  • Mercy Griffin, Great Granddaughter
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jonathan Lightfoot
  • Joseph Lightfoot
  • Cole Harper
  • Ryan Walton
  • Sebastian Wood
  • Stephen Lankford
  • Jennifer Lightfoot
  • Alyssa Lightfoot
  • DONATIONS

  • Family Promise of the Northland

Services

  • Visitation Friday, January 24, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, January 25, 2020

Memories

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Deborah FitzGerald Baratti

January 23, 2020

I cannot remember a time in my life when the Lightfoot family was not part of our family.

In 1954, my parents lived in the same apartment building as Park and Carol, and both wives and were expecting their firstborn in the same month of August. My cousin Cindy and I were born in the same hospital, St. Luke's, one day apart, she on the 13th and I on the 14th, Uncle Park's birthday as well. So all my life the three of us have been birthday buddies. Though my family moved to Southern California in 1958, we stayed close. In 1966, I was sent to spend the summer in Kansas City, when Cindy and I turned 12. And later, Cindy lived with my husband and I and our elder daughter for a year in 1986-7.

Without fail, my Uncle Park would call me on our shared birthday. If there was an earthquake in LA, Park would call to see if we were alright. On 9/11, Uncle Park called us just to say he loved us. He was always a rascal, and prone to teasing me (ask Cindy about the sugar spoon incident, or the time I arrived at KC Airport for a wintertime visit in California open-toed shoes). I never heard the end of his recounting my faux pas, but his heart was kind and his loyalty unwavering. His family was everything to him, and all throughout his life he worked hard and put in long hours so his family had everything they needed. In short, he is and was a Prince Among Men. I love my Uncle Park and always will. I know he will be waiting for us all at The Gate with a big hug and a funny story of back in the day.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY