Arthur "Art" Anthony Pfaff

August 18, 1929March 5, 2021
Play Tribute Movie

Arthur “Art” Anthony Pfaff, age 91, of Gladstone, MO passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Friday, March 5, 2021.

A Visitation will be held on Friday, March 19, 2021 from 5:00PM to 7:00PM, at the McGilley Antioch Chapel, 3325 NE Vivion Rd., Kansas City, MO 64119.

A Memorial Mass will be held, Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 10:00AM at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 900 NE Shady Lane Dr., Kansas City, MO 64119 with Fr. Don Farnan officiating.

Inurnment will follow services in Resurrection Cemetery, Kansas City, MO.

Art was born in Festus, MO to Philomena Elizabeth (Jockerst) and Anton Joseph Pfaff on August 18, 1929. He obtained his Bachelors Degree at Southeast Missouri State and went on to get his Masters at Missouri University.

He married Barbara Miller on July 26, 1958 in North Kansas City, MO. They shared 62 years together until his passing.

Art was the Business and Typing Teacher, Assistant Football and Basketball Coach, and Head Coach for the Track Team at North Kansas City High School from 1952-1962. He moved on to become the Assistant Principal at Maple Park and Antioch Middle schools and the Athletic Director and Assistant Principal at Oak Park High School from 1965-1973. He opened New Mark Middle School in 1973 and served as principal until 1985. Following his retirement from education, Art was a Real Estate Appraiser for 13 years before fully retiring in 1998.

Art was an active member of St. Charles Borromeo Parish for over 56 years and was Treasurer of Clay County Teachers Credit Union. He was the first Executive Secretary of the Missouri Middle School Association and, after leaving that position, a scholarship was established in his name. Art and students raised $10,000 of pennies and coins two times for the Guatemala Project with the St. Charles Borromeo School. Art volunteered at St. Charles Parochial School for 7 years and at various elementary schools in the NKC District. In 2012, he received the kindest Kansas Citizen award and volunteered at the Bloch Cancer hotline for 9 years and was treasurer for and wrote grants to raise money for the Clay County Clothes Closet and helped distribute clothing for them from 1998 to 2015. Art was proud of the fact that he went to Boys State for being a high achiever in high school and that he was an Eagle Scout.

He loved all sports, especially track, traveling (he and his wife made 13 overseas trips), reading and being around children all his life. His favorite saying was “You can never have a perfect day until you do something for someone who can never repay you.”

Art leaves behind his wife, Barbara (Miller) Pfaff, son, Brad Pfaff, daughter, Carrie and husband John Schaefer, daughter, Kristie Pfaff, and brother, Val Pfaff of Fairfax, VA, grandchildren, Michelle Mose and husband Ryan, Michael Schaefer, Cameron Schaefer, Emelie Pfaff and Cecilia Pfaff and a great-grandchild. He is preceded in death by his sister, Charlotte Lunn.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Jerry Crews, Jim Carney, Mike McCall, Frank Peak, Mike Miller, Michael Schaefer, Cameron Schaefer, and Ryan Mose.

The family of Arthur Pfaff wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Kansas City hospice and their wonderful staff.

He requests no flowers but requests contributions to Clay County Clothes Closet and the Guatemala Project through St. Charles Church at 900 NE Shady Lane Dr, KCMO 64118


  • Barbara Pfaff, Wife
  • Brad Pfaff, Son
  • Carrie Schaefer (John), Daughter
  • Kristie Pfaff, Daughter
  • Val Pfaff, Brother
  • Michelle Mose (Ryan), Granddaughter
  • Michael Schaefer, Grandson
  • Cameron Schaefer, Grandson
  • Emelie Pfaff, Granddaughter
  • Cecilia Pfaff, Granddaughter
  • A great-grandchild

  • Jerry Crews, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jim Carney, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Mike McCall, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Frank Peak, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Mike Miller, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Michael Schaefer, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Cameron Schaefer, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Ryan Mose, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Memorial Visitation

    Friday, March 19, 2021

  • Memorial Mass

    Saturday, March 20, 2021

  • Inurnment

    Saturday, March 20, 2021


Arthur "Art" Anthony Pfaff

have a memory or condolence to add?

Sally Smart

March 20, 2021

Hi, Brad, I wish I had known your dad. Anyway, I just wanted to give my sympathy and let you know you were in my thoughts and prayers. I hope all is going well for you.
With deep sympathy,
Sally Smart (Plaza Toastmasters member)

David and Oriana Hensel

March 17, 2021

Sometimes as you go through life, you meet someone you can look up to, someone you admire, respect, trust, depend upon and love. Art Pfaff was one of those people - steady, dependable, competent, intelligent and always a gentleman. “A Real Fine Gentleman.”
Art touched the lives of so many people in such a positive way - - if there could only be more like him.
“Well done good and faithful servant!”
You will always be “Mr. Pfaff”.

Bob Beers

March 13, 2021

I just heard the sad news from my brother Jack. We both remember Mr. Pfaff as a member of an awesome team of administrators at Oak Park High School. We know that he enhanced the lives of so many youngsters, and maybe even a few "oldsters", through the years with his kind words and devotion to "duty". The world continues to need more souls like that of a soft-spoken, yet confident Mr. Pfaff. His smile will forever be remembered.

Randy Wolverton

March 11, 2021

Mr. Pfaff was a great role model for me and many others. He was always smiling and made us feel welcome. Thank you Mr. Pfaff.

Bridget Coughlin

March 11, 2021

Art volunteered in my classroom at Northview Elementary School. He was such a joyful spirit. He used to talk to the kids about leading a life of service to others. The kids loved him, as did I. He was a dear man who will truly be missed.

Sondra Keefe

March 11, 2021

I first met Mr. Pfaff when I was 15 when he started his teaching career at North Kansas City High School. I was not one of the lucky ones to get in his typing class, but we all knew who he was!

I later was a neighbor to Art and Barbara in Hickory Hills, where all the kids hung out together! The boys were in scouting and we attended St. Charles church with the Pfaff's! They are one of the kindest families I know.

I later joined Art in the education field. He and Barbara have been my friend almost as long as I can remember.

Nancy Bell

March 11, 2021

My friend for over 70 years! -- sharing good times, good meals, good trips, good memories and of course cinnamon rolls! After vaccines and a visit last week, Barbara asked Art--Nancy's here, do you want to see her? His reply was a loud "Sure". So farewell my dear and "sure" friend--God Bless You.

Janet Geary

March 11, 2021

My first memory of Mr. Pfaff was at Maple Park where I was a student. My later memories allowed me to really get to know him as a supportive, caring educator and a warm and compassionate man. I was among the young staff he led when New Mark opened where he created an atmosphere of respect and support for staff and students. We continued to connect over the years when he volunteered as a devoted YouthFriend in elementary classrooms. I also delighted in seeing him at the gym and chatting. I loved it that he exercised faithfully. We talked about our shared school experiences and all of his volunteer interests. He continually encouraged me to please call him Art. Of course, I complied! He was a compassionate man and educator who made a difference in the lives of many. My sincere condolences to the family.

Julie Skinner

March 11, 2021

It is a rich and noble legacy when a person touches countless lives in such positive ways as he did. What a blessing he was. What a treasure. (A former student at North Kansas City High School).

Delbert Lampson

March 10, 2021

Art Pfaff was a wonderful person. I taught at Oak Park 65-95. Later I taught his son to drive. He had the ability to accept who ever you were. Delbert Lampson

My dad taught with Art Pfaff and our family always admired this gentle and friendly man. Janet Leming Lampson