Chapel Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens

701 North 94Th Street, Kansas City, KS


Thomas "Tom" Edward Ahart

April 2, 1925September 1, 2019

Thomas Edward Ahart, beloved husband of Rita Mary Kobolt (1927-2006) was born in Ames, Iowa April 2, 1925 to J. Leo and Anna Judge Ahart. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Leo, James, Gregory, Emmett, Joan, and Mary. His surviving siblings include Vincent and Richard.

Early in his life, Tom was fascinated with all things mechanical. Mechanized farming was new technology when he was a boy, and he was eager to learn everything about it. He started driving and maintaining the tractors on the family farm at a young age, which was an important contribution at that time.

Tom studied engineering at Iowa State, making the 100 mile trip from the farm to Ames on a motor scooter built from salvaged parts. He served in the Army Air Corp and developed a love of aviation, and B-25's in particular. Tom also loved fast cars, and Packards were his favorite.

Tom and Rita raised six children and placed a high value on their education; Mary Patricia Oelschlager (Ronald), Susie Distefano (Ignatius), Anne Vollink (Joseph), Janet Balke (Trent), Michael Ahart (Sherri), and John Ahart (Susan). Grandchildren include Max Oelschager, Nick and Nina Distefano, Amanda and Michael Bell, Nathan and Ryan Balke, Thomas (Emily) and Erin Ahart, and Eric (Jennifer) and Lauren Ahart along with great grandchlldren River and Remington Ahart.

Tom had a self-reliant mindset and ran a small family construction/sanitation business with vigor. He was known for his technical insight, pride of workmanship, and honesty. His outside interests included opera and symphony music, aviation, hunting, trap shooting, and history, all of which were secondary to his love of physics and chemistry. The fascination with science inevitably involved extended conversations and many cups of coffee. He was also very intentional about raising independent children; learning to change a tire and gap spark plugs were pre-requisites to getting the car keys.

By far, the most important part of Tom's world was his wife Rita of 56 years. She was the love of his life, he looked no further, and anyone who knew him understood this. He was a man of uncomplicated values and an unwavering belief in God. He placed importance on good grammar and politeness. He was instinctively considerate and fair in his business and personal life, and taught us to "leave the other person a place to hang their hat". Dad was a fascinating and humble man, a continuous life learner, and a person who was always in motion. We will miss you greatly Dad, and are honored to have had you in our lives. Kiss Mom for us and God speed.

Services will be held on Saturday, September 7th at 10:30 am at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1086 N 94 St, Kansas City, KS 66112. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, 701 N 94th St., Kansas City, KS 66112. Contributions may be made to honorflightkc.org


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, September 7, 2019
  • Interment Saturday, September 7, 2019


Thomas "Tom" Edward Ahart

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helen stogner

September 8, 2019

Our prayers are with your family. Your family has always been special to us. Tom and Rita were two wonderful, caring people who have a family just as caring as them. With prayers and love, Helen Stogner and family

Deborah Yagmin

September 7, 2019

My prayers are with you, Pat. Your Dad's love of flying and B-25s found a warm spot in my heart as my Dad also flew those big, beautiful, babies. When you come back to Colorado Springs, we can sit and celebrate their lives, together. Blessings to you and your family.
Lovingly in P.E.O.

Bob and Cheri Cornwell

September 6, 2019

We wish to express our deepest condolences and sincere sorrow at the loss of your Dad. Remembering him with such a excitement for life, he will always be an influence in the lives of his children and the people who were lucky enough to know the Ahart family. We feel honored to have known such a fine man. The Lord will have his hands full, and I’m sure your dear mother will welcome his joining her now and forever. With Prayers and love, Bob and Cheri Cornwell

Cynthia Bender

September 6, 2019

Whenever I visited Patty Ahart's home (she was one of my best friends and is now Patty Oelschlager), Mr. and Mrs. Ahart were always gracious and hospitable. They took the time to ask me how my life was going and were always interested in my replies. I could tell how sincere and caring they were. I always felt a warm and welcoming atmosphere in that house, even after Patty, Cheri Fuller and I raided their liquor cabinet and just we three girls had an all-night graduation party on their picnic table. The next day Mrs. Ahart helped me get over my first hangover. Neither Mr. or Mrs. Ahart mentioned our escapade and was I ever relieved! Hope you don't mind me sharing this Patty. I want to express my condolences especially to you, Patty, your family, and also to your brothers and sisters, their spouses and children. Your dad was one in a million!
Cyndy Bender

Karla Kimerer

September 6, 2019

A great man and a great friend. Wonderful memories, especially our stories of Iowa, our shared home state. He'll be so missed, especially by me!

Carolyn McClure

September 5, 2019

I will always remember Uncle Tom as a generous, giving man and a storyteller-extraordinaire. Whatever subject you mentioned, he was ready to share a story with a personal slant, which always made it more interesting. A trip to Aunt Rita and his house always meant you were in for a good time: food, a ballgame in the backyard, and if it was close to July 4, fireworks. We always slept well the nights after a party at the Aharts’. My Dad and Uncle Tom shared a love of this country. I know they are together, again, sharing stories over cups of coffee. Miss you both.

Colette Thompson

September 5, 2019

Uncle Tom was a wonderful role model as he continued the Ahart legacy of living one’s values - devotion to God, family, country, and community. I remember his gentle soul and smile and in his presence, you knew that you mattered. Thank you, Uncle Tom for showing so many how to make the world a better place! God bless you!
Your niece and extended family in Colorado,
Colette Thompson

Annita Verdict

September 4, 2019

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to spend time with Tom. He was a great teacher, so many things I learned. What a kind, and gentle spirit . I will forever cherish my memories with him. God bless you all.