John David Alstatt

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John David Alstatt, 77, Overland Park, Kansas died Saturday, March 19, 2011 at Sweet Life of Overland Park. A Memorial Service will be held at 3 pm, Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at Faith Lutheran Church, 67th & Roe Avenue, Prairie Village, Kansas with a visitation preceeding the service, beginning at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to Faith Lutheran Church Endowment or to Odyssey Hospice, 8735 Rosehill Road, Lenexa, KS 66215.

John was widely considered a great man, father, husband and friend. He served in the army as an electrician, and subsequently received an Electrical Engineering degree from Kansas State University where, in turn, received his undying loyalty even through some very dry periods of sports futility, and a masters from KU.

Recognized for his dry and quirky sense-of-humor, his sports interests also included Golf, Running (competing even after being diagnosed with cancer), the Royals, and the Chiefs (where he had season tickets soon after their arrival in KC in 1966). But, his true loyalty belonged to his family. His love, dedication and consistency in thought and action was an inspiration to those closest to him.

His other passion was music, expressed in his love of classical music. He passed his love of sports and music along by never missing any of his children’s events, and coaching most of their sports teams.

These attributes shaped his children and their parenting. His great group of friends are also a testament to these qualities. He will be greatly missed, but his legacy will live on.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jacque. His children Brad and wife Lisa, David and wife Jane, Karen and husband Ward. His grandchildren Jake, Josh, Luke, Colton, Peter, and Anastasia. His brother Vincent and wife Jeanette, and brother Charles and wife Sally. His many nieces, nephews and numerous friends.

4 Comments

  1. Ray on March 23, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Finding words to express what is in our heart is sometimes a stumbling process. Please accept the following as a stumbling effort from one who has lost a friend to those who have lost so much more.

    From time to time, by God’s design,
    we come to know men wise and kind.

    They are reward and gift,
    from that which resonates within.

    They touch us in so many ways,
    of gift of self, and words of praise.

    So now, this time apart has come,
    to measure Salt that John has sprinkled us.

    What flavor will be ours to spread,
    along our way to come,
    what is it John would say to us,
    to keep us moving on?

    He’d say that life was sweet and good,
    and filled with love flowed both ways,
    then wish us all to do our best in all our coming days.

    He’d then prescribe a list for us,
    a schedule COMPLETE and PACKED.
    Then with a fast and growing grin,
    He’d prompt us all,
    “that you don’t get more wurst than that.”

    To John’s family I know my words will not be things that you don’t already know, but I must tell you all that your father was a champion of a person. There was never a time when I needed help that he did not respond in the most positive way.
    We worked together for many years and I know that I’m better for that experience. My knowing him would require me to remind you that he will expect you all to love and take care of each other. You come from good stock, so I know that my words are redundant to your hearts.
    Our prays are with you all – we’ve all been blessed by John’s life.
    Ray and Judy

  2. Erik Hulse on March 23, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Brad & Dave,

    My deepest sympathies to you and your family on the loss of your Dad. I remember how supportive he was of your activities at school.

    Erik Hulse (SMW, class of ’83)

  3. Bill and Sharon Yohn on March 21, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Jacque and family: John was a friend for over 50 years. Early on, I would ask his advice because hs seemed and was so wise. He was always a fun guy to be around. Bill remembers many, many Chief’s games and running times with John and Jim. We will miss John as he was a dear friend. May you all find peace. Love, The Yohns

  4. Harry Roth on March 21, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Jackie and Family:

    Read about John in this morning’s paper (3/21). My condolances go out to you and your family. I will be thinking about you and parying for your peach.

    Harry

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