John Allen Means

John Allen Means, 82, of Excelsior Springs, MO, passed away July 12, 2023 at home after battling cancer for many months. John was born on July 7, 1941 at his family farm in rural Liberty, MO. He was the only child of John E. Means and Anna E. Henson-Means. Both parents preceded him in death.

He graduated from Kearney High School in 1959. In 1963, he was united in marriage to Karen Sue Holt of Excelsior Springs. On June 27 of this year they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

John retired from Liberty Hospital in 2007 after being employed there for over 21 years. Throughout his lifetime, he also worked for Kenworth-Dart Truck Company, Dagley Chevrolet in Kearney, Bulter Mfg. Co., and the State of Missouri Highway Department as he helped survey for the new interstate, I-29.

He served 6 years on the Excelsior Springs Museum Board. In 2011, he was honored as Volunteer of the year for the museum.

John was a member of Barbee Memorial Presbyterian Church where he served as a Deacon and Elder as well as the church’s Scouting Coordinator.

John volunteered for over 30 years in various positions for the Boy Scouts of America. In 1991, he was honored at the Annual Banquet at the Jack Reardon Civic Center in Kansas City, KS, with The Silver Beaver Award which is the highest honor the Heart of America BSA presents in recognition of distinguished service to youth. John served as cubmaster, organizer of several day camps, district camporees, local scout Show and Do, Assistant District Commissioner and organized an Explorer Post at the Liberty Hospital.

He was a member of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say and was elevated to Sachem in 1989. He was extremely proud that both of his sons, Craig A. Means and Chad C. Means, attained the rank of Eagle Scout.

John had many hobbies throughout his life but spent most of his time drawn to the Indian culture. He spent many hours hand making replicas of Indian artifacts. John was able to see one of his greatest wishes fulfilled by donating his entire library of over 200 Indian Culture books to The Haskell Indian Nations University, in Lawrence, KS. As well as donating thousands of beads for the student’s projects.

Survivors include his wife, Karen Sue Means of the home, as well as his two sons, Craig Allen Means and Chad Christopher Means, and one granddaughter, Morgan Taylor Means. John always said that his greatest title of all was being called “Grandpa”.

John requested cremation with no funeral services. Inurnment will take place at a later date.

Thank you to Three Rivers Hospice in Platte City, MO for their kindness and personal care.

The family suggests memorial contributions to The Excelsior Springs Museum or The American Cancer Society and may be sent to Bross and Spidle Funeral Home, 217 W. Broadway, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024 which is handling all arrangements.

Our Sincere Condolences

John’s family is in my prayers. I am sorry for your loss, but I am sure he is no longer suffering. He was a great man, and I am glad I was fortunate enough to know him and his family. It is a loss to the community.
Sharon Lee Senger

Chad so sorry for you and your family loss. Mr. H

Though you have lost a kind, gentle, intelligent husband and father, we all will miss his dedication and service to our community. Plus, how generous and insightful for John to have donated his wealth of Indian artifacts and books to Haskell University. For you, Sue, Craig, and Chad we all share in your grief.
Charlyn Robinson

Condolences for your loss. I’ve remembered John over the years as a scout leader who gave me guidance and advice, which I’ve always appreciated. I remember going shooting with him to earn a merit badge and him explaining knife making to me. He made an impact on my life.
Dennis Zolotor