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Wayne VanMeter

Wayne VanMeter

August 23, 1931 - June 9, 2020
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Arlo Wayne VanMeter was born on August 23, 1931 in Orange County, California to Joel and Irma VanMeter, and passed away in Weston, MO on June 9, 2020. Wayne was highly regarded both professionally and in his church community. As a Civil Engineer, he worked for Clarkson Construction Company from 1966 to his retirement in 2002, first as a Paving Engineer, and then as General Superintendent. Upon his retirement, he was honored by the Missouri / Kansas Chapter of American Concrete Pavement Association, establishing the Wayne VanMeter Lifetime Achievement Award, given to those who have distinguished themselves with a career of excellence in service, designating Wayne as its first recipient. Wayne attended Northland Cathedral from 1978 until his death, serving on the boards of Elders and Deacons, as well as the Vice President of the Church. His leadership was widely known as wise, deliberate, godly, and founded in a deep love for Christ and His Church. His leadership was notably instrumental in guiding the church through transition periods.
Soon after his birth, Wayne's parents relocated to Thayer, KS, where Wayne spent his childhood and youth. He graduated from Thayer High School and continued his education at Kansas State University, where he graduated in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Wayne married Ruth Stephens on June 14, 1958 and together they anticipated celebrating their 62nd Anniversary days following his death.
Together, Wayne and Ruth built a home and family which reflected their characters of stability, abiding love, deep faith, work ethic, commitment, and integrity. Their union brought three daughters and eight grandchildren. Their long-standing family motto is, "Work like a VanMeter," and all who knows this family knows that this is reflection of a tradition of selfless and tireless service to others.
Wayne is preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Marian Carson and Shirley Powers. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; three daughters - Debbie (Larry) Coats, Tammy (Carlton) Quattlebaum, and Linda Wilkinson (John Dussold), (Rick Wilkinson); and eight grandchildren - Austin (Melissa) Coats, Daulton Coats, Logan Coats, Jon (Kaylee) Quattlebaum, Sarah (Isaac) Worley, Cade Wilkinson, Dallas Wilkinson, and Abbey Wilkinson (fiancé Cole Kretchmar). He is survived by siblings Dale (Iris) VanMeter, Marjorie Stringer, Phyllis (Howard) Johnson and brother-in-law, Roy Carson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Wayne VanMeter Memorial Fund at Northland Cathedral. Visitation is scheduled for Sunday, June 14 from 2:00-5:00 PM, and funeral service on Monday, June 15, at 10:00, both held at the Church at 101 NW 99th Street, Kansas City, MO, 64155.
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  • Visitation

    June 14, 2020 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    June 14, 2020 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Northland Cathedral
    101 NW 99th Street
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  • Service

    June 15, 2020 | 10:00am
    June 15, 2020 10:00am
    Northland Cathedral
    101 NW 99th Street
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Rachel Denning

Posted at 10:24am
Although we hadn't known Wayne for long, we could see that he was a man of great character and faithfulness. We couldn't be happier that our daughter has been welcomed into the wonderful family that Wayne and Ruth lovingly created.

Rob Houp

Posted at 01:32pm
Dear Ruth and family,
Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. We love your family.
Rob & Brenda

Lynn Godwin

Posted at 05:22pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with the VanMeter family. We have always treasured our memories of Wayne and Ruth's kindness in treating us to a wonderful meal between Xmas and New Year of 1989 as we arrived in Kansas City from a trip to Arizona and before our drive back to Iowa. Lynn and Ben Godwin

Thelma Brassfield

Posted at 04:08pm
It was my pleasure to work with Wayne the last 4 years, baking cookies for the upcoming elections.
He had nickname me The Cookie Lady. The last conversation we had was, me asking. Wayne how many cookies do we need to bake? We bake 700 cookies that day for the election on June 2nd.
What a great man, what a Godly Man. Our loss, is Heaven's gain.

Jimmy and Joyce George

Posted at 12:16pm
We will miss you Wayne. Thank you for all you have done and all the great memories we have of you.
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