Jonathon Lee Messick

Jonathon Lee Messick, 40, Overland Park, Kans., passed away August 10, 2017.

Jonathon was born February 17, 1977 to John and Beverly (Chronister) Messick in Kansas City, Kans. Jon grew up in the Kansas City area. He was a 1996 graduate of North Kansas City High School. He then went on to graduate from Western Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2006.

It is with a heavy heart and profound sadness that Southern Platte Fire Protection District shares the news of the death of Battalion Chief Jonathon Messick. Chief Messick died peacefully, surrounded by his family, after complications from cancer.

Chief Messick started with SPFPD as a volunteer firefighter August 1998, then becoming a paid employee in 2000. In January 2005, he was promoted to the rank of Fire Lieutenant and then to Fire Captain the following year. In June 2015, he was promoted to Battalion Chief and assigned to ā€˜Cā€™ Shift. Being very active in International Association of Fire Fighters, Jon was elected by his peers to be the Executive Board member to Local 42 and served that position from 2006-2015. He was also active in the International Association of Fire Chiefs and served on the Company Officers Committee. During that time, he was instrumental in the creation of the Company Officer Section of the IAFC. He also was one of the first applicants in the U.S. to achieve Fire Officer Designation by the Center for Public Safety Excellence. He later was also Designated Chief Fire Officer.

Jon is survived by his wife, Jennifer; sons, Brenden, 11, and Nickolas, 9; father, John Messick; mother, Beverly Messick; sisters, Stacey (Paul) Martin and Bonnie Messick; sister and brother-in-law, Jill (Christopher) Smith; three nieces, four nephews, and a large extended family.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday, August 14, 2017 at Kearney First Baptist Church, 303 South Grove, Kearney, Mo. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 15, 2017, also at the church. Burial to follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Kearney, Mo. The family suggests in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Southern Platte Fire Protection District Firefighters Association to purchase cancer prevention equipment and or activities.

Arrangements are through Fry-Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Kearney, Mo.

Our Sincere Condolences

Deepest condolences from Dave, Deb, Bud, Ron and all those at Miller Building Services. Our hearts go to out to you and your family.