Chapel Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens

701 North 94th Street, Kansas City, KS


Donald "Don" Dale McCracken

May 23, 1936January 2, 2020
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Donald Dale McCracken, 83, of Lee’s Summit, MO and formerly, Kansas City, KS claimed victory on January 2, 2020 after a long and wicked battle with Alzheimer’s. Don will mercifully be reunited in heaven with his wife, Frances, the love of his life. Also, waiting to greet him are his brothers, Doc and Dee; and sisters, Coleen, Daphene, and Okema.

Don will be mourned by his children; Don McCracken, Houston, TX, Tanya McCracken, Grain Valley, MO, Lisa Cassity, Blue Springs, MO, Mellany Accurso, Lee’s Summit, MO, Derek McCracken, New York, NY; as well as Frances’ children; Diane (Bill) Treff, Golden, MO, Janice (Jerry) Newberry, Tonganoxie, KS, Bill Millsap, McLouth, KS, Don Millsap, Alabama. Also grieving are Don’s surviving siblings; Dal, Dan, Loydena, Sabra, and Dixie. Don will be missed by his and Frances’ 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Uncle Donnie’s wit, charm and humor will be remembered by his cherished nieces and nephews.

After retiring from LG Barcus and Sons Construction, twice, Don mostly worked on keeping the grass mowed on Meeks Rd. Don and Frances cared for their animals and especially doted on spoiled Sophie. They enjoyed their time together at home. Their hospitality was unparalleled as family and friends were always warmly welcomed to share a drink and lively conversation.

Don’s family would like to express our gratitude to the kind and loving hearts at Willow Creek Memory Care in Lee’s Summit who celebrated Don’s every moment, with prayer, love, laughter, song, dance, and kisses… oh so many kisses. We are also grateful for his friends at One Community Hospice who touched his life, showed him love, and made his transition beautiful. Don will be remember by so many because you never forget someone who makes you laugh.

Visitation will be held from 12-1 pm with a funeral service to follow on Sunday, January 12 at Chapel Hill-Butler Funeral Home, 701 N. 94th St., KCK 66112. Memorial Contributions may be made to One Community Hospice, 15600 Woods Chapel RD., KCMO 64139 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105.


  • Gregory McCracken
  • Christopher McCracken
  • Andrew Cassity
  • William Beckerle
  • DeWayne Treff
  • Billy Millsap
  • Jerry Newberry
  • Luke Stean

  • One Community Hospice
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital



  • Visitation Sunday, January 12, 2020
  • Funeral Service Sunday, January 12, 2020


  • Graveside Service


Donald "Don" Dale McCracken

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Michaelene Criqui

January 11, 2020

We are so sorry to hear of Don's passing. Loved getting together with him & Frances when we'd get together on Millsap Mountain. Due to illness we can't be there in body, but we're there spirit. Sending healing vibes your way. Hugs ❤ & prayers 🙏 to the family. Santa Fe & Micki

Samantha Snyder

January 8, 2020

Donna Hendon Ellis

January 5, 2020

Don was a bright lite to all his friends. What I most want to respect Don with, is his respect for and to my parents. All of us with our Kansas City, Ks background were a close force to be reckoned with. Don and Francés always, without fail, always attended any occasion that was to honor and show respect for Carl and Hazel Hendon, my parents and their daughter-in- laws parents. Later in life, when his grand children came to town to visit him Don always shared their visit with me. I loved Don and Frances.

Terry Sue Lumley

January 5, 2020

Because of uncle Don and His wife Francis, I have been able to trace, track photos and stories of our McCracken family a couple of hundred years back! Francis and Don could always help with ancestry questions. He did have a dry very funny sense of humour. Made us smile at funerals or family gatherings. Beginning his new journey with his brothers, sisters, àunts, uncles, nephews and mother and dad. He's in great company! Love you Uncle Donnie
Terry Sue, John Lumley and the girls , Tiffany, and Amber

Janet Box

January 5, 2020

I used to work at Wyandotte Cafe at 78th & State Ave., KC, KS. I usually worked afternoons & evenings, but one night I had to pull a double. Don came in the cafe & had several stitches above his left eyebrow. I believe he might of had just a few drinks. He wanted me to take the stitches out for him. He did not want to go back to the doctor. He told me it was really healed & it wouldn't hurt anything for me to do it. Finally he talked me into it. I was so nervous that I would hurt him. Everything went well! Don was very witty & funny sometimes! He was one of the best men I have known in my life. Even though I live far away, my thoughts, prayers & love are with his family and all of his loved ones!

Pam McCracken

January 4, 2020

This memorable man was one of my favorite! He was a wonderful grandpa to my three children. While living in Midland, Texas, Don and Frances came to our home when the kids were small at Christmas time. Waking up on Christmas morning was such a treat! In the wee early hours of the morning....we all woke to Don and Frances fully dressed, sitting on the couch beside the tree...lit up from head to toe, each of them, their clothes, headgear, tie...the whole glowing attire was spectacular! And smiles from ear to ear!
His sense of humor will be missed. Just listening to his voice was one of my favorite things. May he rest in peace and may the family keep all of the best memories close to their hearts!

Derek McCracken

January 3, 2020

Deanne Foreman

January 3, 2020

My uncle Donny called me one time when i think he had maybe a drink or two. He would tell stories and talk.At the end of every story he would say to me; can you dig it? How he could make me laugh, and talk was something because im not a talkable person.