Richard Edward Backhus

September 29, 1939June 28, 2020

Richard Edward Backhus, 80, of Independence, MO. Passed away June 28, 2020.

Richard was born Sept. 29, 1939 in Yates Center, KS to the late Fred and Augesta Backhus. He went to North Kansas City Schools. Richard was in the Marine Corp from 1957 to 1961. Richard retired from the North Kansas City Fire Department after 25 years of service. He also owned a fence company, he did many jobs.

He was preceded in death by his sister Erna King, brother Sonny Backhus and Art Backhus.

Survivors include his wife Sharon Ann Backhus and his brother Robert Backhus and sister Connie McConnell. His children Richard Paul Backhus of KC, Troy (Shannon) Backhus of Indep. And Roy Backhus of Las Vegas. Grandchildren Matthew Backhus, Caleb Alberts, Cody Backhus, Kaleb Backhus, Melinda Backhus, Hannah Backhus, Dakota Williams and Haley Backhus. Great Grandchildren Rylynne Backhus and Joslynne Mendoza and lots of nieces and nephews and friends.

Richard never met a stranger and even at 80 you couldn’t keep him down. Richard loved telling true stories, spending time with his family and working. He collected old toys, coins, glass and other antiques.

Memorial service 6:00pm Friday July 3, 2020 White Chapel Funeral Home, Gladstone, MO. Inurnment White Chapel Cemetery at a later date. Due to the Covid-19 the family requests that friends and families in attendance please wear a mask or face covering.


  • Fred Backhus, Father (deceased)
  • Augesta Backhus, Mother (deceased)
  • Erna King, Sister (deceased)
  • Sonny Backhus, Brother (deceased)
  • Art Backhus, Brother (deceased)
  • Robert Backhus, Brother
  • Connie McConnell, Sister
  • Sharon Backhus, Wife
  • Richard Paul Backhus, Son
  • Troy (Shannon) Backhus, Son
  • Roy Backhus, Son
  • Matthew Backhus, Grandchild
  • Caleb ALberts, Grandchild
  • Cody Backhus, Grandchild
  • Kaleb Backhus, Grandchild
  • Melinda Backhus, Grandchild
  • Hannah Backhus, Grandchild
  • Dakota Williams, Grandchild
  • Haley Backhus, Grandchild
  • Rylynne Backhus, Great Grandchild
  • Joslynne Mendoza, Great Grandchild
  • Richard is also survived by lots of Nieces, Nephews and friends.


  • Memorial Service

    Friday, July 3, 2020


Richard Edward Backhus

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Robert Backhus

July 13, 2020

I left the farm for the army in 1944. I was 18 years old and you were three. I remember the morning I left, you were crying. When I came back 2 years later you told me, “Don’t you ever leave me again.” You were a “great” little brother and I will miss you.
I love you little brother.

Wendy Pendergraft

July 3, 2020

My uncle Dick.... my first memories is being at a family reunion at aunt Erna’s and him picking me up by my neck. He was a guy that had no idea of his strength, possibly one of the strongest guys I’ve ever known. He was an older replica of my brother Sean. Tough and strong but always wearing his heart on his sleeve. My closest attachment to my grandma and grandpa..... thankfully he told his true
Stories enough I have most of them memorized😁. I love you uncle Dick and glad that I have enough of your messages saved that I have a little bit of you saved forever.

You and I have the same bible based hope that you will soon be resurrected back to the earth with aunt Sharon and all your family. Rev 21:3,4. I know your greatest hope is to be with Sharon ,Paul, Troy and Roy and extended family. It is my dearest hope, I love you.

Michelle Pulluaim

July 2, 2020

I remember just speaking with him after a meeting how funny I thought he was. I thought to myself 'an old man that giggles'. His smile and laugh will be missed.

Gail Myer

July 1, 2020

Whenever I hear someone say “this is a true story” I will always think of my Uncle Dickie.
I loved to sit and and listen to him tell true stories. I miss you Uncle Dickie!❤️

Robert Linn

July 1, 2020

Dick was a great guy. My first day on the job he hollered " Rookie go get me a cup of coffee." I told him I wasn't hired for that. He took me upstairs and held me upside down over our fire pole hole. I got him his coffee after that. We became good friends from that day on.

Jeff King

June 30, 2020

I will never forget you Uncle Dickie! I can still remember stories about you from my mother; when you were just a boy , every time snow would fall you would yell “look at all that ugar out side”. You were a good and caring Uncle. You will be missed

Laura Hernandez

June 30, 2020

I loved Uncle Dickie's true stories and he could tell them as if they were true. I am already missing you and everything about you.