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Raffurty, David M.

Raffurty, David M.

October 26, 1964 — January 19, 2022

David Raffurty, 57, Kansas City, MO, raced into the final lap of life on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, after a courageous battle with Covid19.

David was born in Kansas City, MO, October 26, 1964, to Richard and Linda Raffurty. David was a life long resident of Kansas City, MO. He attended the Center School District. He graduated from CHS in 1983. David attended vocational school, studying welding and mechanical design. In his senior year, he designed and built a log splitter that won him many awards for welding and design that was way ahead of its time.

As a teenager, David worked for Country Club Tree Service in Kansas City, MO, along with having his own firewood business. He had a work ethic second to no one, which led him to starting his own very successful company, D & R Excavating in 1986. He did it his way, built it from the ground up, with no help from outside his abilities.

He always took the time to help friends and family with whatever they needed.

David married Sherry Chastain on June 26, 1993. They have two sons, Michael Raffurty and Dillon Raffurty.

David had a passion for anything with an engine on it, from motocross bikes, three wheelers, four wheelers, boats, trucks, and then race cars. In 1995, David was invited to drive a friend of his father’s Dwarf car. From that moment, David was hooked. As with anything David did, he excelled in racing and building his own race cars. Over the next 26 years, he had over 500 wins in the Dwarf cars and Modified Lites combined. His accomplishments included too many championships to list at racetracks all across the Midwest. Both of his sons followed in David’s racetracks. He truly enjoyed watching both of his son’s race. They started racing as soon as they were eligible. David was very proud of both son’s accomplishments. In his final year of life, he traveled throughout the Midwest with his sons, chasing the IMCA Modlite National Championship with a car, he and his sons built together. Dillon achieved their goal of winning the National Championship in 2021. David and Michael finished in the top 10 in the country. David was chosen by the IMCA as the Modlite Crew Chief of the Year for 2021.

He is survived by his wife, Sherry Raffurty of the home. Two sons, Michael Raffurty and Dillon Raffurty, Kansas City, MO. His loyal companions, Lily and Mack, of the home. His mother, Linda Raffurty, siblings: Richard C. (Laura) Raffurty of Pleasant Hill, Jeff Raffurty and his companion Tiffany Christopher of Holt, and Cindy Engle of Prairie Village, KS, and many nieces and nephews. Also, many life-long friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard O. Raffurty and his grandparents on both sides of the family.

Visitation will begin at 12PM, with services to follow at 1PM, Saturday, February 5 at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Rd., Kansas City, Missouri.

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Visitation will begin at 12PM, with services to follow at 1PM, Saturday, February 5 at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Rd., Kansas City, Missouri.

Raffurty, David M.'s Guestbook

My brother, Ed Parks and son, Jamie Parks-McDaniel kept David busy for years in their concrete businesses, we all grew to live David and of course depend on him being there. This is a most tragic shock and my prayers are for all those he left behind that will surely miss him. Rev. 21:4

Charlotte Parks

I am so sorry for your loss. David was an amazing race car driver and a good man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. God Speed David.

Mary Loe

Sherry I was so sorry to hear about David's passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to you, the boys and all of your family. I had only met David couple of times, but I know that he will be truly missed by everyone that knew him and spent time with him. I know that he was the love of your life just by the way you talk about him. Yours and his generosity came from both of you, always willing to help others whenever they needed it. Just remember if you or the boys need anything don't hesitate to call me. My heart and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Paula Mackesty

As a young boy I would get off the school bus ride my bike to Jeff’s to hang out and ride motorcycles hang out in garage watch David build stuff I watched him build trailers log splitters David is always been in my stories throughout the years sad to say I’ve only seen him twice in the past five and only spoke to him once we stood in the street and reminisced it was nice to see you after so many years and it’s sad to see you go I’ll see you on the other side I hope they have motorcycles over there because I’d sure like to go for a ride with you one more time

Bryan sheppard

Dillion and Michael , you have been on our minds so much the last several weeks and we want you to know how much we thought of your dad and you two. Always there to help when we asked besides buying and selling cars and engines the best memory was the night I called David after Bryan won at Boone and thanked him for the new shock package. He said that’s what made him feel the best as helping others. You are always welcome at our house. Take care

Ed and Jane Zehm

Blessings to all the Raffurtys. May David rest in peace. XOXO

Maria Burton

It was very sad to hear that David had past. My heart goes out to the entire family, those I know, and those I haven't met.

Andrea Capps

All you had to do was ask and this guy would help you in any way he knew how. Gonna miss you David

Kevin White

The memories of you David will always make me smile. If I could only just talk to you again for a little while. So many of conversations we had meant so much to me. The hard fact that you are not here will always hurt. The good thing is I know in my heart and soul we will meet again and the conversations can begin again! Love you my best friend

Bill Goodson Jr

I never had the pleasure of meeting you, David, but I can only imagine the man you were after hearing the stories of you tearing up the track and being a wonderful father to your family. Rest In Peace


Going to miss seeing race at Lakeside and Valley speedway. The first time i met you and the boys, you were looking over the cars before the races. You were awesome. You will always guide your boys to be the best. Rest Easy David.


I’ve only known the raffurtys for few years now and let me tell you all of them have such a big heart and are there to help yes but David he really stuck out outta everyone at the track! No matter what was going on I would turn to a car and see David right there trying to help or give advice or whatever it was.. yes I bearly knew him but I can tell you he had one heck of a head on his shoulders.. was so caring to everyone even if they had an argument he would be right there trying to help them with their car.. racing for sure isn’t gonna be the same not seeing him right there laughing and cracking jokes or heck even being right there when a car is having problems.. he knew nothing about my husband but guess what he was right there helping him every time the car had problems.. the saying family doesn’t have to be just blood is true because with racing we all developed another family!! I couldn’t tell you how many times he helped my brother as well and I am very thankful for all he done and was able to and the time we all got with him at the races and stuff.. he definitely would recognize anytime someone was improving and congratulate them on how they did that night. He will be missed.. we will for sure miss seeing that #64 up in the front.. keep watching over everyone and make sure u still send them some signs when you notice something! (So to the racers if you get some kind of sign on race night it’s David) rip DAVID!

Tiffany gunn

Although I never met David, I had many great years of knowing Dillon and Mike and the way they treated people speaks volumes of how they were raised. Rest in peace And prayers to all the Raffurty’s.

Dan Roeper

You became a great friend in a short time and always wanted to help us when we joined Modlites. We felt privileged when Dillon contacted me last year and you guys wanted to build Dillon and us a chassis. I’ll never forget 2021 IMCA Super Nationals David and I watching the boys. Dillon had led the whole race and Garrett had came from 17th to challenge Dillon with 3 laps to go and David nudged me with his elbow and with a rare big smile said ( A Raffurty Chassis is going to win this and I don’t even care which one!). Of course it was Dillon! You will always be remembered and the boys are always welcome in our pit for anything they need!

John stonum

A great friendship that started back in 2004 from a tire purchase!!! From bench racing building some racecars to keeping each other awake on some of our long trips together!! Gonna miss our conversations David!!!!! Don't worry about the boys!! Each and everyone of us will watch over them and help them along the way!!!! Thanks for all the memories!! Till we meet again!!!!!!

Mike Kennedy

You will be missed by many... i always knew when I raced and you were there i would have some stiff competition. Hope you race your way through the Gates the god speed way... Brandon Gray

Brandon Gray

My heart goes out the Raffurty family, as well as all those that David impacted. An awesome person that im thankful to have been impacted by . Heaven just received a good man.

Ted Jensen

A MAN/DRIVER of Few Words.. how I would try so hard to get a smile for a photo… was never easy, tried to trick him then click and usually looked like victory lane he Didn’t want to be there, haha, but he OWNED victory lane for Years… then was teaching kids too many driving techniques and setups, that they started visiting Victory Lane and dominant Force of Dillon, pretty much any more made it where 2nd was as close as Dad could get or brother Mike and other competitors… Was fun to capture all you’s for the magazine shoot at your home… until we meet again Turn laps in the 64 above us and watch over your family. Godspeed David

John Lee

Love you DAD!

Dillon Raffurty

My dear sweet David/hun, You will always be the light of my life. I love you hun! I miss you so much! I can’t believe your gone. I hold you in my heart forever. Save my seat next to you will be together again some day and I’ll bring my helmet. I will always have your back. Take care of family up there, tell dad I love him and give him a hug. Your back with your dad now, I know he’ll take good care of you. I’ll do my best here on earth for the boys. Always in my heart, miss you so much and so does Lily.

Sherry Raffurty

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