Charles (Chuck) M. Gathright

Charles (Chuck) M. Gathright passed away peacefully at Garden Villas on May 14 at the age of 89. A longtime Leawood resident, he was married to the love of his life Lucille for 55 years until she passed away in 2006. Chuck served in the Army Air Corps in WWII. He was a pilot who taught his sons to fly. He retired from Gathright Sales Co. in 2001 and loved nothing more than taking his grandchildren to the lake.

Chuck is survived by son Jon and his wife Dessie as well as son Mike and his wife Shelley. His 3 grandsons Cory, Dustin, and Derek Gathright along with granddaughter Julie Estrada, husband Gabe and their 2 children Kaelyn and Gabriel.

A family celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to



  1. Gary & Paula Smalley on June 1, 2013 at 6:47 am

    So sorry to hear of Chuck’s passing. We have very fond memories of both Chuck & Lucille @ Joan Smalley’s house (mother-n-law). Gary’s memories of Chuck going further back than my own. I know he is smiling down on everyone with his beloved by his side.

    God Bless you all.

  2. John Erwine on May 20, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Just know that you and yours are in our thoughts and prayers. He must have been quite a guy.

  3. Dee F White on May 19, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Chuck and I served together from Fort Leavenworth to Miami, to Greely Colo., Jefferson Barracks, and for 19 months at Borquin Field, Peurto Rico, he sang at my wedding, we played together at the Lake of the Ozarks. It was a priviledge to know him and to be his friend.

  4. Joe Montgomery on May 19, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your name.

    Joe and Judy Montgomery

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