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Ropcke, John Wayne

Ropcke, John Wayne

December 16, 1946 — February 23, 2019

John Wayne Ropcke, 72, of Warsaw, MO, passed away February 23, 2019. He was born December 16, 1946, in Kansas City, MO, to Walter F. and Katherine Ropcke. Along with his parents, John was preceded in death by two brothers, Walter "Sonny" and David Ropcke.

John retired from Ford Motor Company (Claycomo) in 1998 following 32 years of service. He was a member of UAW Local 249 (Claycomo). After retirement, he and his wife Jan moved fulltime to Warsaw.

John was a life member of Optimist International #36202 in Sugar Creek, serving as president and lieutenant governor for his chapter. He was a member and past master of Shawnee Lodge #548 AF & AM in Clinton and was a very active member of Ararat Shrine Temple. His love for kids drove him to help tirelessly in fundraisers, while holding various appointed offices at Ararat. He spent countless days helping with the Shrine circus and selling Vidalia onions. He was a member and past president of the Ararat Director's Staff and Provost, and served as an Ambassador, and as Assistant Director of Shrine Clubs. He also served as president of Warsaw and Golden Valley Shrine clubs. John was a member of the Order of Quetzalcoatl. He enjoyed the love and fellowship with his "brothers" in the fraternity.

John was a fun-loving man, always ready to pull a prank or tell a story. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting deer and trying to find the largest crappie in Truman Lake. He entered many bass tournaments and actually won some!

John leaves his wife, Janet "Jan", of the home; son, Brian Ropcke, his wife Julie and granddaughter Megan, all of Buckner, MO; stepson, Frankie Taylor and grandson Frankie of NKC, MO; stepson, Johnny Taylor and grandson Jaylon of Greenfield, MO; two nieces, a nephew, and many other extended family members and friends.

John was a straight-forward man, loved "stirring the pot" and was a practical joker. We will miss your smile, tender heart and long stories. Love you! R.I.P.

Visitation will begin at 6:00 pm, followed by Masonic services at 7:30 pm, on Friday, March 1, at Ararat Shrine Temple, 5100 Ararat Drive, Kansas City, MO 64129. Graveside services will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, March 2, at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Raytown. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Ararat Shrine Hospital Transportation Fund (address above).

Service Information

Visitation will begin at 6:00 pm, followed by Masonic services at 7:30 pm, on Friday, March 1, at Ararat Shrine Temple, 5100 Ararat Drive, Kansas City, MO 64129. Graveside services will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, March 2, at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Raytown.

Ropcke, John Wayne's Guestbook

Rip my friend John was always ready to heip sometimes he was full of it but always meant the best had a lot of goodtimes with him and Jan what a guy

Terry Bresette

Going to miss John... Such a sweet and kind man... May you fly like and eagle to the Heavens John... The Lord is waiting, to tell you you served Him well on earth.. Well done John Ropeke... Well Done.... We were blessed to call you our friend.... We will watch after your sweetheart Jan... What a love, you two shared...💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖

Marilyn Amos

Brian, my family and I grieve for you and your families lose. It seems like yesterday that you and I and all the gang were piled up in the back of your dad pickup on our way to so many places, a ball game, the movies, or a crazy night of tee-peeing the Yuhas house. Of all of our fathers, your dad was the one dad who was with us so many times enjoying our company and his time with you and your friends as we all were growing up. John Ropcke was a great man and a great dad to us all. He will be missed but more importantly Brian, he will always be remembered, especially by our band of friends. God bless you and yours brother I miss you, I miss all, and I’ll miss your great father!

Rob Hauber

Whenever I saw John he was always wearing a smile. He loved his family, made others feel welcome, and let's face it, the man could cook up a mess of crappie! Happy fishing, John.

Kristy McClay

John will be dearly missed. He was ready to lend a hand, knowledge or a tool at a moment's notice, dropping whatever he was doing to help others. I was on the receiving end of this many times while I built my racecar in my dad's garage across the street from John's. He was very generous with his time, talents and stories... oh, the stories!! I loved his personality and storytelling. I will miss him.

Eric Strautman

we met John through little league baseball. John and son Brian were very involved. Brian and our son have remained connected all these years. Rest in peace John Ropcke.

Barney and Betty Wild

John will be missed. I know you will treasure your memories. You have lots of loving family and friends who are here to support and love you, lean on them. Thoughts and prayers are with you

Linda schuck

John and Jan have been neighbors and great friends for over 20 years! We have enjoyed sharing families and watching our grandchildren, nieces and nephews grow up! We thank John for all the good he did for folks while with us!! We will miss you "Big Guy", and will keep loving on those you left behind!

Mary Nell and Gene Strautman

Will miss your laugh and your smile! I always enjoyed our visits. Rest In Peace!

Patty Miner

We will miss you so much uncle/papa john... our memories will last a lifetime..

The Garland family

I’m so sorry to hear of John’s passing. I always enjoyed seeing John at the office. He always had a big smile on his face and would tell me stories or give me a hard time about something every time I saw him. He was so genuinely nice and He will be missed by many :(

Erin Hoeppner

Sorry to hear of John's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with Jan and the entire family.

Bill Yardley

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