John Clayton Gudenkauf, 74 of Leawood, KS passed away February 7, in Palm Springs, California.
Born in February 1943, in Kansas City, MO, to John and Emma (Skoch) Gudenkauf. John graduated from Rockhurst High School in 1960. He went onto have a successful career in the car business. In 1979 he purchased Louisburg Ford, in Louisburg Kansas. He was a proud successor to his son Jason, who currently runs the business. John enjoyed golfing, playing cards, traveling and had a love for fast cars. In his younger years he was an accomplished bowler, and a shark at the pool table. He was a lot of fun to be around, always looking for opportunities to pull a practical joke on someone. He loved a healthy debate and discussing current events with anyone as up to date as he was. John was an intelligent, kind and loyal person, that will be missed by so many.
John is survived by his son Jason (Christy) of Overland Park, KS; daughter Anne Smith (Graham) of Leawood, KS; sister Jane Kemper (Mike) of Overland Park, KS; five grandchildren Isabelle, Lucy, Ted, Allison and Carly, nieces Kristie Feese, Katie Pearlstrom, Jamie Gudenkauf and nephew Christopher Gudenkauf.
Preceded in death by his brother James.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Friday February 23 at Church of the Ascension, 9510 W 127th St. Overland Park, KS 66213. Visitation prior to the Mass 9:00am.
Signature Funerals has been entrusted with final arrangements.
Memorial contributions are suggested to: American Cancer Society. Assistance by Funeral Advocates.