Donald "Don" Ayers

December 10, 1933October 14, 2010

Donald “Don” Ayers, 76, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away Thursday, October 14, 2010. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, October 19th, 11:00 a.m., at St. Margaret of Scotland Church, 777 NE Blackwell Road, Lee’s Summit, MO, 64086, with burial following in the Lee’s Summit Historical Cemetery. Visitation will be held Monday, October 18th, at McGilley State Line Chapel, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., where the Rosary will be prayed at 5:00 p.m. Funeral attendees are encouraged to wear festive colors in celebration of Don’s love of life, family and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Margaret of Scotland Church. Mr. Ayers was born December 10, 1933 in Manhattan, Kansas. He graduated from Webster Groves High School in Webster Groves, Missouri, just outside of St. Louis, where he excelled in track. He went on to earn a BS degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University in 1955. In his college years, Don pledged Delta Tau Delta and remained a life-long member. Following graduation, he served five years as a navigator in the United States Air Force. In 1961, following a year of post-graduate study at Kansas State, he joined the public accounting firm of Peat Marwick, Mitchell & Co. in Kansas City, MO, ultimately achieving the position of Audit Manager. In 1973, he joined the world headquarters of H&R Block, Inc., in Kansas City as Treasurer, rising to Vice President of Finance where he directed all accounting, corporate tax, financial reporting, insurance and investor relations functions, as well as fulfilling his duties as corporate treasurer. Following retirement from H&R Block after a twenty year career, Mr. Ayers transferred to Ft. Lauderdale, FL where he was contracted for three years as Chief Financial Officer at the H&R Block subsidiary, Interim Services, Inc. His primary responsibility was the spin off and reorganization of Interim as a public company. He was one of the three corporate officers responsible for the very successful initial public offering. Mr. Ayers retired from Interim Services, Inc. in 1997 and resided in Shell Knob, MO, before returning to Kansas City. Don was a member and past president of the KC Chapter of Financial Executives Institute, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He was also a volunteer in the Shell Knob First Responders and the Central Crossing Fire Department. After moving back to Kansas City, he was a member of Council 13908 Knights of Columbus, served on St. Margaret of Scotland’s Finance Council and was an Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister of Holy Communion. Don was an avid fisherman, and enjoyed building and flying RC model planes. He was truly a most extraordinary man as well as a loving and gentle soul, and he will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched. Don was preceded in death by his parents, David “Paul” and Marguerite Elizabeth Ayers. He is survived by his wife of twenty-eight years, Constance “Conni” Tobin; Lillian Ayers, mother of his children; a son and daughter-in-law, Donald Stephen and Stella Ayers; daughter and son-in-law, Karen Elizabeth and Tim Canon; eight grandchildren, and two brothers, Douglas Tom and David Charles Ayers.


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, October 19, 2010
  • Visitation Monday, October 18, 2010

Donald "Don" Ayers

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Nancy Nosko

October 22, 2010

Conni, i am so so sorry for your loss. It is Heaven's gain. We all love Don very much and will remember him and sense of humor. Love you, take care of yourself and i will see you soon.

Judy Keisling

October 20, 2010

I am saddened to learn about Don's passing. I have very fond memories of our H&R Block days. He helped me on a couple of occasions dealing with financial issues. He was indeed a wonderful man. My prayers are with all of his family.

October 19, 2010

Conni, May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Bill Ross

Ray Schmitz, CPA

October 18, 2010

May God's special blessing be with Don's family during this time of sorrow.

Ray Borden

October 18, 2010

Conni, Nan and I were shocked at the news of Don's passing. We had some good times in the Peat Marwick days. He was a good friend and we teased each other a lot. You take good care.

Carolyn Seiter Martin

October 17, 2010

Conni, Steve, Karen and family, I am deeply saddened to learn of Don's death. I will remember him fondly. May the peace that passes all understanding guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. Take good care of each other!

October 17, 2010

Conni - our condolences at this sad moment in your life. I will always remember the good times especially at the Midwest Executives conference in 1981 in Marco Island. Bob Hagans and my daughter Robin Maupin{of the Commerce Bank)

Max Adams

October 17, 2010

A gentle man of good nature and solid character. Sad loss for the family and the community.

Renae Stanton

October 17, 2010

Dear Conni, I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing. He was one of the nicest people with whom to work. He always knew when we would have birthday cake in the accounting department and magically show up at 3:00 when we would pass it around. And he made sure I had one of your speical cheesecakes on my birthday. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Renae Stanton