David Alan Deatherage

March 5, 1932July 22, 2020

David Alan Deatherage, 88, of Independence, MO passed on July 22, 2020. He was born on March 5 th , 1932 to Roy and Susan (Miller) Deatherage in Higginsville, MO. David was a proud American, who served in the United States Army. He joined the Army on April 25, 1950 and served in “A” Company of the 187 th Airborne Regimental Combat Team, also known as the Rakkasans in Korea. While there, he made one jump into Kojedo prison camp. There they battled to regain control of the prisoners. After finishing his rotation he was honorably discharged on April 25, 1953. Dave retired in September of 1997 from the KCATA where he was a bus driver. After retirement he helped start the 187 th Rakkasans Ripcord Chapter and served on the Korean War Memorial committee. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Linda, father, Roy Deatherage, mother, Susan Hilliard, siblings, Clyde Deatherage and Jennie Heafley, and grandson, Cody Beeler. He is survived by his daughter, Tracy Beeler (Brad), granddaughters, Maddison Heilig (Chris), Shelby Beeler, and Kenzie Beeler, great grandchildren, Averie Heilig, Raelynn Heilig, and Logan Heilig, along with step-family, Virginia Hatt (Leon), Paula Woods, Doug Mckenna (Teresa), Cheryl Nichols (Kenny), an Don McKenna. Dave loved his family, his country and drinking beer with his buddies. You are invited to come and have one last drink on Dave, August 8, 2020 from 2pm-4pm at the VFW Post 1829, 5904 Crystal Ave, Kansas City, MO 64129.


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Debra Shultz

August 1, 2020

A true Patriot, gentleman and friend to all.
If you saw him “peddling” his much beloved Missouri Korean War Veterans Memorial patches, labels and challenge coins (which he helped design), He was in his element! He was a shining star!
David was ONE OF A KIND.
We the Board of The Missouri Korean War Veterans Memorial shall miss him dearly.
I as it’s Chair, bid him a fond good bye.
May G-d Bless and Keep You. May G-d Bless Our Country he fought to protect.
“Thanks for the memories...”

Bob Kalkofen

July 29, 2020

Dave was as a true American Patriot, loyal friend and a hard-working board member for the Missouri Korean War Veterans Memorial who will be sadly missed and fondly remembered.