In Memoriam

Dear Visitor:  If you are aware of the passing of one of our members, promptly contact one of our KCMSSL Board members.


As Ball Players and Members of Our Organization,
We Relished Your Competitive Spirit and Camaraderie.
You Will NEVER Be Forgotten.

In Memory of Our Departed Players


Herb Nelson (7/03/2019)

https://www.sweeneyphillipsholdren.com/obituary/herbert-nelson
Old Crows, KC Classics, Ageless Wonders

James Owen (5/00/2019)

https://www.parsonssun.com/obituaries/article_023dd82a-75da-11e9-9f72-f3c1cbfda643.html
Thursday Morning Draft – Red Team, Monday Morning Hybrid Draft – Midwest Driving

John Vermillion (4/15/2019)

https://meyersfuneralchapel.com/2019/04/15/john-vermillion/
Angels, Silo, ROC, Tanners, Monday Draft – Independence Athletic Complex

Ray Mais (2/11/2019)

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/kansas-city-mo/raymond-mais-8157606
Awards & T-Shirts, Team 60 KC, AAA Linen, Don Bosco, Antiques, Hunkeler Yankees

Chuck  Bua (2/8/2019) 

Hall of Honor Recipient  December, 2018

Following a massive stroke 26 months ago, one of the deans of our softball organization, Chuck Bua, died peacefully in a care facility in New York.

A founding member of the KCMSSL, Chuck Bua started with the organization in 1989 and played along with Wes Weddle, in its initial league game in 1990. He was an early member of the Board of Directors. His art skills and creativity were instrumental in helping promote and grow the league for nearly 30 years. He continually recruited new players as well. Though perhaps best known as the founder/long-term manager of the Ageless Wonders, he also managed a number of “draft” teams in various venues across the Kansas City Metro area.

Prior to his retirement, Chuck was an extremely successful advertising executive working with several prominent firms across the country.  Chuck also taught Advertising and Graphic Arts related courses at The Art Institutes International- Kansas City location in Lenexa until 2016.

Chuck was predeceased by his wife Elaine, and leaves two daughters, Monique (Long Island, NY)  and Rochelle (Olathe, KS), two granddaughters who were the apples of his eyes, and a son in law, Rick Randle, husband of Rochelle.  He also leaves behind a sister Vera in NJ and several nieces that he was very fond of in Florida and NJ.

At this time no formal plans have been made for his interment, but an update to this posting will be made as soon as they are known.

Victor Swyden (12-09-2018)   

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kansascity/obituary.aspx?n=victor-f-swyden&pid=190960117
Draft-Black Sox

Duane Robison (11-13-2018)

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/cjonline/obituary.aspx?n=duane-robison&pid=190754549&fhid=25011
Wheatland Antiques, American Patriots

Mike Hooper (11-23-2018)  

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kansascity/obituary.aspx?n=michael-nelson-hooper&pid=191091380&fhid=12097
Managed Conroy’s. Played for Time Machine, Cass County, Deja Blue, Baggerly Excavating, ROC, Don Bosco, BOPS, Fireballs, Blue Heat, Insurance Analyst, Knapheide, Ranch House Saloon, McGuires, Young Guys, Black Sox

Bob Steen (6-25-2018) 

Lucky’s, Antiques, Timeless Ballplayers, AAA Linen, Knapheide
One of KCMSSL Founding Fathers.
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kansascity/obituary.aspx?n=robert-lee-steen&pid=189402542&fhid=4641

Jim Cunningham (6-17-2018)

Good Timers, Dingers, Heartland Hitters, Coach for the Diamonds, played on a variety of draft teams. Treasurer on Board of Directors
https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/kansas-city-mo/james-cunningham-7888459


Ted Wright (4-08-2018)  

General Admission, Field Force. Member of Competition Committee
http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Otha-T.-Wright-105999805


Don Magee (1-02-2018)   

Kansas City 60’s, Kansas City 65’s, Midwest Silver Jox, AAA Linen, Antiques
http://leintzfh.com/deceased/Magee_Donald.htm


Dale Young (11-29-2017)

Played for POP’s in 2004-05, Old Red Dogs, Heartland Hitters


Clyde Jones (10-23-2017)  

Antiques, Ageless Wonders, Heartland Classics, McBrides, Dogs, Time Machine
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kansascity/obituary.aspx?n=clyde-laverne-jones&pid=187086235&fhid=11341


Eddie Lane (10-14-2017)

Cass County , C.S.I., Heartland Hitters, Bops, Dogs, Time Machine, POP, Winners
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kansascity/obituary.aspx?n=edward-m-lane&pid=186969703&fhid=6338


Charlie Hiller (8-10-2017)  

Danny’s Bar & Grill, Campbell Communications, Tequila Harry’s, Tequila Angels, Boys of Summer, Longbranch, KC Sports Club
http://www.louismemorialchapel.com/obituaries/Charles-Hiller/#!/ServicesEvents  


Mike Sharon (7-12-2017)

Managed KC Angels for years.  Silo, Winners, Brought many players into the league.
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kansascity/obituary.aspx?n=mike-h-sharon&pid=186103527


Don Brown (7-10-2017) 

KC Storm, Lenexa Old Timers

Paul Scott (7-06-2017)

Masters, KC Avengers, 2000 thru 2005, until a leg injury forced him to quit.

Central States, the original KC Classics, Knaphiede
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kansascity/obituary.aspx?n=jeremiah-daniel-finnegan&pid=184795237&fhid=18508


Delbert Pilgrim (01-14-2017)

Knapheide, Midwest Driving School, Midwest SilverJox
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kansascity/obituary.aspx?n=delbert-l-pilgrim&pid=183631054&fhid=11341


Bob Erisman (12-06-2016)

AAA Linens, Antiques, Knapheide
http://www.ottawaherald.com/obituaries/death_notices/bob-erisman/article_8aca3ca1-6d26-5b91-a55f-82aa4ace240a.html


Roger G. Horne Sr. (11-23-2016)

Time Machine, Cass County, Baggerly Excavating, BOPS, Fireballs 
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kansascity/obituary.aspx?n=roger-gerald-horne&pid=182795010&fhid=9312


Don Hamilton (8-10-2016)

Central States, AAA Linen, POP


John Merten Pettey (8-11-2016)

Manager, Jalapeño’s and other teams, M&V, SEC, Midwest Silverjox, KC Storm


James J. Givan (6-24-2015)

Original member, KC Naturals


John Husteds (4-07-2015)

All Star Audio, Monday & Saturday Draft Leagues


Fred Purvis (10-2014)

KC Masters


Kathi McNerney (9-15-2014)

Better With Age


Mark Eichenlaub (8-20-2014)

CSI; AWOL


Thomas E. Carter (7-16-2014)

KC Thunder; ROC; KC Athletics; Renegades


Gary L. Sloan (6-28-2014)

Manager WOV. ROC, Thunder-65, KC Bombers, numerous other teams


Lance Eric Carlson (6-26-2014)

China Toms, KC Thunder, Lucky’s


Eugene L. Payton (5-8-2014)

Heartland Hitters, Ageless Wonders, Winners
Charter Member, KC Metro 50+ Senior Softball


Milton H. “Uncle Miltie” Rush (4-28-2014)

Antiques, Ageless Wonders


Henry “Hank” Hampton (2-18-2014)

Manager, Just Friends


Catherine Diane Lipps (1-29-2014)

Wild Things


John “J.R.” Richarson (1-21-2014)

KC 60’s and 65’s, Goodtimers


George J. Gutknecht (12-2-2013)

Saturday Draft; Blue Heat, Dingers, Ageless Wonders


Rickey Rayford (10-21-2013)

55+ Monarchs; KC Bruinz; Blue Heat


Harry Clifford (9-14-2013)

Charter Member, KC Metro 50+ Senior Softball

Ageless Wonders; Antiques; AnsaRing; Classics; POP; KC Classics, Fireballs


Terry E. Trackwell (6-11-2013)

KC 60’s, Midwest Driving, China Toms, Lucky’s Silver Jox, Fireballs, BOPS, KC Blues


Wesley B. Weddle (3-26-2013)

Founder and President Emeritus, KC Metro 50+ Senior Softball

Senior Softball Hall of Fame


Zachary Jay Weddle (10-28-2012)

Ancient Mariners


Robert W. Coakley (10-6-2012)

Assorted Senior Teams, C.S.I., Ageless Wonders


Kenny Middleton  (7-11-2012)

ROC; Angels


Michael E. Fisher, Sr.  (5-26-2012)

M&V; Just Friends; KC Bruinz


Glennon James Jennewein  (4-10-2012)

Time Machine


Santo DiMaggio  (2-18-2012)

AAA Linen; CSI; Don Bosco; Saturday Draft League, Antiques, Fireballs, Dingers, Hunkeler Yankees, Ageless Wonders


Phil Homeratha  (12-29-2011)

Midwest Driving; Lucky Chinese; China Tom’s; Knapheide; Time Machine; Wringers


William J. Tobler, Jr.  (7-14-2011)

Manager, KC Antiques, Time Machine, Baggerly Excavating, Don Bosco, BOPS, Fireballs, Hunkeler Yankees, Dingers


Gary Scott Hinds  (10-11-2010)

Half Century, M&V, Central States, KC Classics, KC 65’s, Knapheide, Antiques


Gary Leon Sheppard  (8-28-2010)

Angels, Ancient Mariners, Monarchs, Twin Citiez Bruinz, KC Gents


Ronnie K. McClain  (8-27-2010)

Angels, Avengers, Fire


Alberta Byerly  (12-4-2009)

Manager, Blue Heat; CSI; 60+ Draft Team; Good Ole Boys


Ran Bengston  (6-29-2009)

AAA Linen; CSI; Teams 60; Manager 60+ Draft Team


Earl Ventura  (6-9-2009)

Antiques, AAA Linen


Ralph Monaco  (5-7-2009)

AAA Linen; 70+ Tournament Team


Ray Hicks  (3-13-2009)

Goodtimers


David R. Stuckey  (3-4-2009)

Half Century; Relics; Just Friends; M&V


Jack Dennis Francis  (2-17-2009)

BankIV; Goodtimers; 65+ Draft Team


John Weston Brown  (1-28-2009)

Goodtimers; Knapheide; KC 65s; Antiques; et al


Franklin A. Hansen  (11-19-2008)

Boatmen’s Bank; 70+ Tournament Team (KC/ St Louis)


Donald “Donnie” Downs  (10-6-2008)

Goodtimers


Charles “Chung” Anderson  (6-25-2008)

North Star; AAA Linen


Robert King  (2-26-2008)

Cass County


Manual “Manny” Morris  (1-7-2008)

Founder and Manager, Half Century

Former KC Metro 50+ Board Member


Larry Byerly  (8-19-2007)

Super Seniors; CSI; Blue Heat; et al.

League Sportsmanship Award Established in his Honor


Richard “Dick” Souder  (5-12-2007)

Goodtimers; Old Crows

Instrumental in Establishing KC Metro 50+ League Website


James Allen Sweat  (5-9-2007)

Just Friends


Gerald “Ike” Isenhower  (5-7-2007)

Manager, Fit-4-Life; Central States Fitness; KC Thunder 65+; Blue Springs Ford; ISSCO; Price Chopper

Charter Member and KC Metro 50+ Board Member


Lee Goodpasture  (3-11-2007)

Golden Age; Heartland Hitters; 65+ and 70+ Tournament Teams


Claude “Chico” Carlocke  (1-9-2007)

M and V


Willie “Deabo” Hicks  (11-21-2006)

Manager, Showtime; Monarchs; KC Legacy


Kelly MacDougal  (8-27-2006)

CSI; Ancient Mariners


Dale Robinson  (4-29-2006)

Insurance Analysts


George Muehlbach  (11-7-2005)

Team 60; AAA Linen; Antiques


Darwin Landers  (8-12-2005)

Manager, All-Star Auto; Awards and T-Shirts; Boatmen’s Bank


Wally Miller  (7-31-2005)

Manager, Goodtimers; Awards

Charter Member KC Metro 50+ Softball


Frank Evans  (12-9-2004)

Cass County; Central States Fitness; Adams Group; Fit-4-Life


Tom Stolz  (7-2-2004)

Avengers; KC Masters


Ned Doughty  (3-29-2004)

Angels; Super Seniors; Kansas City 70’s


Carl Gangel  (2-15-2004)

AAA Linen


Richard Wilson  (3-12-2003)

All-Star Auto; AAA Linen; Joined Knapheide for 2003


David Joe Berry  (2-15-2002)

HPSI; POP; Ansa Ring


Charles W. Tucker  (2-1-2002)

KC North; North Star Sales; Goodtimers

Charter Member KC Metro 50+ Softball


Derold Boline  (12-2-2001)

KC Classics


Blaine Durmond Garrett Jr.  (8-21-2001)

All Star Auto Sales; KC Thunder; Hudco


Leo A. Riggs  (7-12-2001)

Inland Containers; HPSI; Ansa Ring


Charles J. Monaco  (7-11-2001)

AAA Linen


George Lee McKistry  (7-5-2000)

AAA Linen


Bobby J. Orell  (5-26-2000)

Rum Dums; Super Seniors; Awards and T-Shirts


Phil Kelso  (8-20-1999)

AAA Linen


Huffman Walker  (4-17-1998)

Timeless Ballplayers; Bank IV

Charter Member KC Metro 50+ Softball


Gilbert KcKee  (4-16-1998)

Cass County


Robert “Jack” Jackson  (12-15-1996)

Half Century;Manager, Super Seniors


Eugene Morrison  (1995)

Cass County


Norm Hodges  (5-1992)

Half Century


Stanley J. Hudson  (4-27-1992)

Half Century


Paul Underhill  (9-19-1991)

ISCCO Legends