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Bockelman, Louis “Lou” Emil

Bockelman, Louis “Lou” Emil

January 3, 1929 — November 23, 2022

Louis “Lou” Emil Bockelman, 93, of Warrensburg, Missouri, passed away on Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at Lee’s Summit Medical Center in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 AM on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Rd, Kansas City, MO 64138. A visitation will be from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM prior to the service. The burial will follow in Green Lawn Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, memorials and contributions are suggested to Samaritan’s Purse (www.samaritanspurse.org).

Louis was born on January 3, 1929 to Louis Henry and Hulda Bockelman in Great Bend, Kansas. By the time he was school age, they purchased a farm in Higginsville, Missouri to be near Louis Henry’s parents. The family attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Concordia, Missouri.

At the age of 17, Louis enlisted in the U.S. Navy, which had him traveling around the world. After his two years of service, he decided that he would return to his home in Higginsville.

In 1950 in Higginsville, Lou married VanDella Luedders, a church secretary at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Higginsville. They had three girls. Lou and Van purchased a farm in Higginsville near his parent’s farm. In 1958, the family sold the farm and moved to Kansas City, where Lou had found work at the Leed’s Chevrolet Plant. He worked there until he retired. He spent his retirement years serving and helping other people as he saw their needs.

Lou served as a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather for his remaining years. He is preceded in death by his wife, Van; his parents; and his brothers and sisters, Verna, Loretta, Lorenz, Juanita, and Mark. He is survived by his brother, Mel Bockelman; his sister, Naomi Foster; children, Vicki Maynard, Angela Zuehsow, and Conni Burks; five grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren. We will all dearly miss him, but we rejoice that he is now in Heaven with Jesus.

Service Information

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 AM on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Rd, Kansas City, MO 64138. A visitation will be from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM prior to the service. The burial will follow in Green Lawn Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, memorials and contributions are suggested to Samaritan’s Purse

Bockelman, Louis “Lou” Emil's Guestbook

My deepest sympathy for the loss of one of my favorite uncles.

Bud Bockelman

Louie meant so many good things in my life and ministry. First, he was one of the foundational pillars in my spiritual growth. When I first got saved, I met Louie at the Giffords' prayer meeting. He and I became close friends. I had many questions about the Christian faith and he was always available to help me understand that faith without works is dead. Then we went together to share the love of Jesus with people in the community through our church visitation. As a young Christian, I saw Louie's boldness in sharing faith in his Lord and he also encouraged me to share my testimony so I followed his example. When I went into the ministry, he and Van supported our ministry in a day when we had little or no financial support. Then when I began the Milestone, we had many volunteers yet Louie single-handedly did all the finishing work on the gym and saved me thousands of dollars with just one suggestion he made. Later Lou, helped with our annual garage sale for years to send kids to camp. He fixed broken furniture and appliances so we could sell them at a higher price. Finally, Louie and I enjoyed getting together for breakfast about once a month. Even at 90, he was a counselor to me with a mind as sharp as it was when I first met him. I'll miss my friend but I know where he is at and that I will see him once again as we share about the mighty adventures we had together in this pilgrim land.

Mike Bobbitt

In thinking of Uncle Louie and his family, brings back many fond memories of family reunions and get togethers that we all shared in the past. I also remember, the many time Uncle Louie would lead us all in prayer before the meal, and at other times. His prayers were always so heart felt. He was also a man of purpose and worked hard at what ever chore or task at hand. We will miss him dearly. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Vicki, Angi and Conni and their families and we pray that they know God's comforting presence, peace and love. Marilyn and Randy Moots.

Marilyn Moots

My love and compassion for his family. Although it has been very many years, I can still remember the visits we had with Uncle Louie and Aunt Van . We always had a very warm welcome to their home and great conversations. Cousin Ronnie and I just spoke the other day on how much we enjoyed all the family reunions and very special and meaningful they were to us . I'm certain there is an ever evolving reunion in heaven with our family and friends and I take comfort in knowing that we and "they" are not alone . Comfort and hugs to Louise's family at this time. Love Deby

Deborah Bockelman Jenkins

Mr. Bockelman was my neighbor for over 20 yrs. I always enjoyed talking with him. He loved be able to get on his riding lawnmower and my husband and I always joked that he watched the grass grow so he could get out and do the lawn. I know that he will be dearly missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him. Rest in peace.

Janet Miller

Uncle Lou was one of our "Great" Uncles! A wonderful, Godly man of love and faith! How blessed we all are to have had him in our lives! We cherish many wonderful memories of Uncle Lou and his family, and we're so grateful for them. We look forward to a glorious family reunion in the Kingdom of Heaven where there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things will have passed away. May the Lord grant all of Uncle Lou's family comfort and the peace that passes all understanding! May wonderful memories and the comfort of the Holy Spirit strengthen you all! With our love -- Ray and Carol Meyer and Family

Ray Meyer

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