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Eib, George Leland

Eib, George Leland

July 20, 1933 — December 25, 2018

George Leland Eib, 85, went to be with the Lord on December 25, 2018. Visitation will begin at 11:30 am, followed by a service celebrating George’s life at 1:00 pm, on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at Colonial Presbyterian Church, 9500 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO. Burial with in Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the church.

George was born July 20, 1933, in Kansas City, KS, the only child of George Archie and Faye (Ragan) Eib. When he was 16 months old, George’s parents died and he was raised by his grandparents, Harry and Minnie, who lived in Swope Park where Harry was the floriculturist. George graduated from Southeast High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree as a Landscape Architect. At Kansas State, George was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity and served in the ROTC for four years. Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Air Force, receiving honorable discharge as a Major in 1959. George was united in marriage to Lois Marlene Bierbrodt on June 14, 1953, in Kansas City.

George was a third-generation servant of Kansas City, working for the Parks and Recreation as a Landscape Architect for 35 years, where he received titles of “Mr. Tree” and “Mr. Flower, Lawn and Garden Show” due to his diligent and faithful service. Following “retirement” from the City, his never ending work ethic led him to work for Rosehill Nurseries, Country Club Tree Service, Ofilia Tree Service and as Arborist for the City of Mission Hills. He never really retired.

Along with his love and care for God’s creation, George loved and cared for the Kansas City community and its people. He was a member of Colonial Presbyterian Church, where he served faithfully and joyfully. He served on many boards of organizations: Credit Union, Greater Kansas City Garden Club, Powell Gardens, and Jackson County Historical Society. He was a member of many organizations, including Sons of the American Revolution, Nurserymen’s Association, Arborist Association and The Boy Scouts of America where he was “Tall Oak Tree” in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. George was humble and always busy. If there was a job to do or a friend in need, one could always count on him.

Along with his parents, George was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Diana Lynn Eib. He leaves his wife of 65 years, Marlene; four sons, Michael Eib, Ronald Eib (Catherine), Terry Eib (Carolyn) and Mark Eib; five grandchildren, Nicholas Eib (Sara), Anthony Eib, Hillary Eib, Kirsten Eib and Olivia Eib; great granddaughters, Evelyn and Amelia; cousins, Prudence Irwin-Brennan and John Irwin; as well as other family members and many friends.

Service Information

Visitation will begin at 11:30 am, followed by a service celebrating George’s life at 1:00 pm, on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at Colonial Presbyterian Church, 9500 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO. Burial with in Memorial Park Cemetery.

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George gave so much love to everyone bringing people like my children and I totally into his heart and in return was the most loved person I ever knew.

Courtney Christensen

So sorry for your loss. Heaven will be even more beautiful with him tending to God's Gardens! I am glad I had the opportunity to know him.

Craig Rice

George was a KC Parks icon, and gave me a lot of advice and guidance in my early days as a forester. He will be dearly missed.

Forest Decker

George is an icon at Colonial Presbyterian Church...now serving his Lord in Heaven. He is, not was, a great husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. He is loved and always will be loved by so many, all of whom know he is a great addition to the saints of heaven. We miss him very much, but know he is eternally happy, and look to the day when we will see him again. Our prayers for comfort go out for is family and the many that knew and still love him.

Brad Osborn

I worked with George for many years at Parks and Recreation. He was a wonderful man and always made me laugh. He was so kind and always thought of everyone else. Praying for his family.

Dorothy Burt-Myers

I will always remember George for his friendly, welcoming demeanor. I had the pleasure of working with him for a few years and always looked forward to seeing him. As the city arborist he was an asset to the residents and their trees...Or perhaps the trees and their residents! A true master in his field. Many of us, and our trees, are better for knowing George.

Aaron Wingert

Ahh George, why’d you have to leave us? I wasn’t ready to say Goodbye but I guess God was in need of a Good Guy, and of course you came to mind. I will miss you, always on the move in your boots with one pants leg tucked inside one boot. You were my first boss at Parks and Recreation and I always smile remembering your kindness, and especially your humor in those days. It was a true privilege to know you, Mr Tree. Rest well my friend,

Ellen C Herron

I've worked with George (or "Georgie" as some of us called him) at Mission Hills for the last 13 years. He was always kind and had a great sense of humor. He would stop by to say hello every day and give us each a cinnamon candy (his favorite). When I returned to work the day after Christmas, there was a bag of flower bulbs on my desk from George. He was so very generous. I will miss his smile, sense of humor, and weekly weather reports. I will also miss seeing him outside looking at the trees with his hard hat and pipe. RIP

Jill Clifton

We have prayed for the family. We'd like to be there but such is impossible... We are in the middle of a mountain snow storm. George has been a dear family friend pretty much ever since I can remember. Be well....

Jerry and Teri Blount

George was like an uncle to me. He taught me a great deal about the Christmas tree business, horticulture, and life. We worked together at Rosehill and on many projects in Mission Hills and around Kansas City. For over 40 years he was a great friend and mentor. Our prayers are for his family--he will be missed greatly.

Don Archer

George was a man with an unending reservoir of love and concern for his family and friends. He was to me the epitome of a true public servant, always putting this city and it's residents first in his professional life. As an intern in the Parks and Recreation Department in 1977 and later as a colleague of George's with the same organization for over 30 years, I can tell you, this city benefited more then it will ever know from George's commitment and passion So George has now undoubtedly heard from his Lord and Savior,"Well done, good and faithful servant". Welcome Home.

Steve Lampone

Mark Sorry for your loss. If you need to talk, feel free to call.

Jim and Mary Peterson Lexington, mo.

George will be so missed by so many! I will never forget the dapper guy coming up our front walk with pipe in hand! He would talk trees and bushes as long as I needed! He was know to "hug" a tree when he knew its time was over. Loved his dedication to our green space and the people that shared the space. God Speed....George!!

Judi Knight

Condolences to Nick and family...From the old Colonial Charts and Maps group.

Karen Rethmeyer, Mike and Lacey Holderby

A great man and friend will be missed. The many years we both worked in Mission Hills he always met me with a friendly handshake and a piece of cinnamon candy. I will forever be thankful for the work he put into the tree planting in memory of my daughter. He check with me daily to make sure everything was perfect. This was definitely the way he did everything in life. My thoughts and prayers to his family.

David Vogt

George was also a great friend and mentor to me. I had many opportunities to work with him at the Flower Lawn and Garden show, Rosehill, CC Tree and Mission Hills. He was passionate about everything Green. Will never forget him. My thoughts and prayers are with the Family.

Richard Clayton Barrett

I never personally knew George but from the notes others have left him it seems he had a love for God and Gods creation. Also from judging from the area he worked in he probably knew some of the great men and women in the Green Industry that I had the privilege of knowing such as Bob, Justine and Leland Heifner who built and owned Heifner Nursery on 6th and Fairlawn in Topeka, KS. So George you have a lot of horticulturists who went home before you and are waiting with open arms next to our Savior Jesus Christ.

Kirk P. McFadden

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