Richard Earl Subra

Richard Earl Subra, age 87, of Kansas City, relinquished life on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at North Kansas City Hospital Hospice House, Kansas City, MO. Richard was born in Austin, MN on December 26, 1931.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy (Frame) Subra; parents, Earl and Margaret (Stromer) Subra; sisters, Jean Jensen and Evelyn Baldus; and son-in-law, Paul Krueth.

He is survived by his spouse, Jacqueline (Boomsma) Subra; brother, Robert (Gail) Subra of Austin, MN; son, Gary (Mary) Subra of McDonough, GA; bonus son, Rich (Cheryl) Boomsma of Olathe, KS; daughters, Carolyn (Bill) Hanzlik of Shorewood, MN; Julia (Kerry) Ryan of Woodland Park, CO; Nancy (Dick) Romundstad of La Pointe, WI; Maria (Michael) Robbins of Duluth, MN; Jenny Krueth of Brainerd, MN; bonus daughter, Dawn (Dave) Boomsma of Parkville, MO;  10 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and scores of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends to mourn his passing.

Married for 47 years, Richard and Dorothy raised their six children, Carolyn, Julia, Nancy, Gary, Maria and Jennifer in Minnesota.

After Dorothy’s passing, Richard was blessed to be married to Jackie Subra for 19 years in the Kansas City, MO area.

Richard was:

  • An active member and former trustee of the Northern Hills Baptist Church in Holt, MO
  • Veteran of the US Air Force – based at Fairchild AFB in Spokane, WA
  • Graduate of Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy
  • Graduate of University of Minnesota Duluth with a Master of Science in Botany
  • Chief Pharmacist of St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, MN where he implemented the UnitDose program
  • Enjoyed sharing outdoor experiences like Hiking, Canoeing, and Camping with his Family
  • Had a grand adventure into the Amazon jungle as part of a pharmaceutical/botanical learning tour, brought home multiple native souvenirs, adventure stories, and a lifelong dislike of cilantro
  • A prolific Craftsman who built 2 houses, a log barn, then took to making walking sticks and carved figures simply for the joy of giving them away
  • Engaged in a fierce battle with Parkinson’s Disease that took his body but never his Spirit

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Northern Hills Baptist Church, Holt, MO.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Parkinson’s Foundation or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements in care of Bross & Spidle Chapels Funeral Home, Kearney, MO.