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OBITUARY

Edward James Atchity

January 11, 1942May 16, 2020

Edward James Atchity, 78, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Lee’s Summit Medical Center in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

Edward was born on January 11, 1942 in Kansas City, Missouri, to Edward James and Mary Catherine (Monteil) Atchity.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Patricia (Fetters) Atchity; father, Edward J. Atchity, Sr.; mother, Mary Catherine Atchity; sister, Kathleen Coco; and brother in-law, Tim Fetters. Edward is survived by his children; Tim Atchity and wife Stephanie, Sheila Gray and husband Carl, Deborah Ravencamp and husband Rob; grandchildren, Maximilian and Gabrielle Atchity, Tyler and Carly Gray, and Ethan and Jared Ravencamp; Brother-in-law Matteo Coco. Edward is also survived by many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Ed was a lifelong Kansas City resident and a 1959 graduate of Rockhurst High School. Soon after he became a proud member of the US Marine Corps and married the love of his life Patricia. After his stint in the military, Ed exercised his entrepreneurial spirit and started his business career owning a variety of businesses over the course of his life. His work ethic and ability to overcome adversity were examples for all who knew him. He earned tremendous respect from others in a humble and dignified manner. In his last business adventure, Ed built a car wash and car repair shop that he owned and operated until his passing. Mr. Ed, as he was known to all at the car wash, genuinely appreciated the support from his customers who he served for the last 25 years.

Ed’s true passion outside of business was his commitment and enormous amount of pride he took in being a family man. His approach to life as a son, husband and father provided many examples day in and day out of how to manage life in a respectful, honest and spiritual way. His commitment to family and will to succeed were never more evident as Ed defeated three bouts of cancer over his last 25 years. His relentless perseverance in overcoming health issues was respected and amazed by family, friends and the medical community.

Aside from family, Ed’s other passion was that he was an avid sports fan. He was a four sport athlete in high school and recruited to play baseball and football at the next level. He coached numerous baseball, basketball and softball teams throughout his childrens’ lives. His teams were known as fundamentally sound and highly competitive. After coaching, Papa enjoyed watching his grandkids become successful athletes and still coaching from the sideline. He also was a huge fan of Chiefs football, Royals baseball and KU basketball. He also was known by friends and family to be amazing at just about any game; pool, ping pong, horseshoes, or chess. He could master just about any game in a matter of minutes.

Unfortunately, due to circumstances of this unprecedented time the family will honor Ed privately and have a celebration of life at a later date. The family wishes to thank everyone for their overwhelming support, thoughts and prayers.

The family is especially grateful to Dr. Kelly Alford, the nurses at DCi Dialysis and all the other doctors and healthcare workers involved in Ed’s life. Because of their efforts he was afforded a quality of life and many good years that might not have been possible otherwise.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the National Kidney Foundation at kidney.org.

Services

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Mary McQueeney

June 4, 2020

Ed was my high school boyfriend senior year. Nice man always a gentleman. Enjoyed watching him play sports. Rest In Peace Eddie.

Thomas Briscoe

May 23, 2020

Tim, Sheila, Deborah;
Our family is praying for all of you and your spouses. Whether at Lake Jacomo, at one of our homes for family get-togethers, or at the ballpark, I always had great conversations and memories of your dad. I encourage you to lean on Jesus and His Comforter, the Holy Spirit, who will help you through. Ed was a true gentleman who made this world a better place. And, most of all, he loved to boast on all three of you! Love you!

Sharon Trinastich

May 23, 2020


I'm so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Ed was a wonderful person helping anyone in need. He was a good husband to Patricia and was always there for Tim. Prayers for you and your families during this difficult time.

Sharon and Mike Trinastich

Mary Atchity Calhoun

May 23, 2020


I have the same early memories about going to Uncle Eddie's store, eating cookies or candy while Mom shopped and reading comic books on the floor in front of the magazine section. More vivid are memories of Uncle Eddie playing the piano by ear. As a pre-teen, I used to babysit for Tim and Sheila (Deborah hadn't come along yet) in that great house on 63rd St. I really admired Ed's accomplishments and Pat's infectious laugh. Missing you both!

Jill Churchman Wall

May 22, 2020

I was blessed to date Eddie for awhile in High School. I was
STA and he was one of the kindest and most talented athletes
Rockhurst has ever seen. He was always a gentleman and
so much fun to be around. I am sure he has a front row seat
in heaven. I will keep you all in my prayers and know the
incredible memories you share will sustain you. Rest in peace,
Eddie and thank you.

Randall Freisinger

May 22, 2020

I am deeply sad to know that Ed has left us. We were friends and teammates at Rockhurst High School, and we developed a special bond that bridged all the years after we graduated. When Ed's wife Patricia passed away, Ed asked me and another classmate, Mike Breen, to write a memorial poem. Mike and I collaborated, and the poem was read at Patricia's memorial. To thank us, Ed generously established a scholarship in our names at Rockhurst. That is just one example of his giving and loving spirit. That spirit lives on in all of us who were so powerfully touched by Ed's life. I offer my sincerest sympathies to Ed's family and pray that the many wonderful memories he left behind sustain them and bring them peace as they grieve.

Randy Freisinger, '59

Bob Ravencamp

May 21, 2020

Ed was a friend, a confidant, a skilled mentor and great lunch partner... he was also my oldest son's father-in-law! No one could ask for a better in-law than Ed Atchity! He was my friend and I always enjoyed his company and conversation, mostly about the kids & grandkids as we just seemed to feed off each other going from talking about one then another. Ed was always there if I needed help or advice and he always gave the best advice! He was a special man with too many major life accomplishments and talents to mention here... but the greatest was his kids who also built wonderful families of their own! Ed is truly loved immensely by so many who will miss him so very much! ... so long friend!

Jeffrey Wallace

May 21, 2020

Dear Atchity cousins,

So sorry to hear about this. Ed was a great father to you all and a wonderful husband to Patricia. He is now back with her in heaven. Bless you all during this difficult time.

DONNA RYAN rsm

May 21, 2020

We had so much fun in highschool together. Ed liked to pretend that he was Elvis Presley...and we would all laugh and go on dancing.
god bless you, Eddie. You gave us joy.

Donna Bowles

May 20, 2020

Condolences -- from a Sequoia neighbor.

FROM THE FAMILY

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