October 5, 1966 – September 29, 2019
John “Eric” Cierpiot, 52, passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2019, in Kansas City, MO. He was happily married to Dawn Rosanna (Prather) Cierpiot, for 23 years. Eric served in the United States Navy from 1987-1993 aboard the U.S.S. Archerfish SSN-678, in the submarine service. After his honorable discharge, he attended Maple Woods Community College completing his education at the University of Missouri Rolla, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. After completing his degree he continued on to earn his Professional Engineering License. Eric had positions with other companies but was most fulfilled with the last 6 years working for SOR, Inc. in Lenexa, KS. In 2004, Eric was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, but he ensured that it would not define him. He continued to maintain his fitness level throughout his life despite his challenges with MS. Eric was an active man. He loved to travel, and to share his passions with his family, especially his grandchildren-who were the light of his eyes. His knowledge of all WWI history and his volunteer work at the National World War I Museum and Memorial for the past 11 years, displayed another great passion he held. Eric was continuously surrounded by family whom loved him greatly and will be remembered as a funny, smart, and loving person. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles J. Cierpiot and Margaret Catherine (Sopher) Cierpiot. He is survived by his loving wife, Dawn; step-daughter Amanda Carmichael and wife, Colleen Koebbe; step-son Adam Carmichael and wife Sara; grandchildren, Brooke and Charles; sister Peggy Weston and husband Terry; sister Barbara Cierpiot; brother Mike Cierpiot and wife Connie; brother Gerry Cierpiot and wife Suzanna; sister Kathy Kleyh and husband Don; and many nephews and nieces. A Celebration of Life will be held 5-7 PM, Service at 6:30 PM Friday, October 4th at the National World War I Museum and Memorial. Military Funeral Honors will be held 6:00 PM Saturday, October 5th at the Terrace Park Cemetery and Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the WWI Museum and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
- Dawn Cierpiot, Wife
- Amanda and wife, Colleen Koebbe Carmichael, Step-daughter
- Adam and wife, Sara Carmichael, Step-son
- Brooke and Charles, Grandchildren
- Peggy and husband, Terry Weston, Sister
- Barbara Cierpiot, Sister
- Mike and wife, Connie Cierpiot, Brother
- Gerry and wife, Suzanna Cierpiot, Brother
- Kathy and husband, Don Kleyh, Sister
- Nephews and nieces
- Patrick Cierpiot, Honorary Pallbearer
- Luke Cierpiot, Honorary Pallbearer
- Brian Rotert, Honorary Pallbearer
- Zack Kleyh, Honorary Pallbearer
- Jake Kleyh, Honorary Pallbearer
- Ben Kleyh, Honorary Pallbearer
- Matthew Cierpiot, Honorary Pallbearer
- Samuel Cierpiot, Honorary Pallbearer
World War I Museum
2 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, MO 64108
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society
- A Celebration of Life Friday, October 4, 2019
- Memorial Service Friday, October 4, 2019
- Military Funeral Honors Saturday, October 5, 2019
October 6, 2019
Kathy and family, I am so very sorry for the loss of Eric. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
October 6, 2019
So sorry to hear of Eric's passing. A long fought fight. May he Rest In Peace. Eric and I were in school together, he was a year behind me. Eric's mother and my mother , Ruth (Hanes) Sandt, went to high school together. Your family is in our prayers.
Greg & Dana Cline
October 3, 2019
Eric was always wanting to know more about what was going on in our lives with building our house, gardening, chickens. He was always wanting to learn more about others. His interest in others and getting to know others more, is what we will remember most about Eric. Rest in peace.
October 2, 2019
Great times in high school, then amazingly running into each other at college 10 years later able to reconnect and having more. Awesome guy, miss you.
October 2, 2019
My heart bleeds for Dawn, the family & Eric's siblings. We all lost a great guy. Funny, loving & caring. Not a great card player & definitely not a good fishing companion but otherwise a man to know & love. We will miss his never ending smile & wit.
Rest in peace buddy!
October 1, 2019
My travel buddy. We went from the East coast to Midwest together in a rental car after 9/11. We decided to take turns with choosing restaurants. Eric liked the chains; I liked the mom and pop places.
I also remember jogging with him and his lab when I came home on leave.
I also remember how good he was to my sister Dawn. He was a blessing to her.