Richard Lee Abbett

January 3, 1943April 25, 2020

Richard Lee Abbett, 77, of Liberty, MO, peacefully passed away surrounded by his loving family in his home on Saturday, April 25, 2020, after a long courageous battle with cancer. The family invites you to a Celebration of Richard’s Life on Sun., July 12th from 2-5pm at the event space at 225 N. Jesse James Rd., Excelsior Springs, MO. Come share memories and have food to munch on with friends.

Richard was born to Clarence and Nellie (Moser) Abbett in Leona, KS on January 3, 1943. He spent his childhood on his family farm in Troy, KS, where he graduated in 1962. After graduation, he joined the Navy and served proudly until 1965. Richard then worked at Wonder Bread Bakery for eight years. His true passion was always turning wrenches in the garage. Richard was able to fulfill this dream when he opened his own body shop and garage in Wathena, KS. He would continue this dream at two other locations in St. Joseph until settling at his final shop that he owned and operated with his son in Liberty, MO. Not only was his love for mechanics his career, it was his favorite hobby. Richard participated and helped crews on the dirt track for years. When he wasn’t talking cars with his hot rod buddies, he was building his own and entered into countless car shows. Only one thing topped Richard’s love for cars, and that was his family and his time with them.

Richard is survived by the loves of his life, his wife of 38 years, Susan (Ford) Abbett; his children, Lori Beaman (Randy), Ryan Abbett, and Stephanie Welch (Jarred); his five grandchildren, Michael Dilley, Zachary and Dylan Harris, and Emma and Ruby Welch; his sister, Betty Ann Volmer (John), and many other family and friends.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Gerald and Larry; and two sisters, Ruth Krier and Carol Kuechman.

There will be a celebration of life that will be announced at a later date.

“Glad you got to see me!” – Richard L. Abbett


  • Celebration of Life

    Sunday, July 12, 2020


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Amy Prentzler

April 27, 2020

Always one of my favorite patients. Even when you felt less than great you always found a way to give me a run for my money. Ornery and hilarious, stubborn but so loveable. The love you showed for your wife, children, and grandchildren was a inspiration to all. I remember you calling me in close amd saying "Don't you worry, I'm gonna see my grand daughter " and you were a man of your word. You will be missed by all that had the joy of caring for you!

Venita Deavers

April 27, 2020

Richard you was a great man whenever you was at the hospital you always tried to make us smile even when you was not feeling the greatest. You was a stubborn man but that's what made you so amazing. Thank you for being so amazing and for raising such a awesome daughter Stephanie who is one of my greatest friends. I know you will be looking after the family while you looking down on everyone. Rest well.