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Stephen Lewis Pate

Stephen Lewis Pate
July 26,1949 — November 20,2017 

Stephen Lewis Pate, 68, of Excelsior Springs, surrounded by loved ones, passed on Monday, Nov. 20,2017.

Stephen was born on July 26,1949 to Charles Nolan Pate and Ila “Fern” (Zirjacks) Pate Arbuckle. He married Sandra Obermeier on May 30, 1970.

Stephen was a Vietnam Veteran serving in the Army from 1967-1970. He worked for Guy’s Snacks and was their union rep for over 28 years. He later worked for Ozburn-Hessey.

Stephen was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Charles “David” Pate and one sister, Martha (Pate) Burnett.

Stephen is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sandy, and two children: daughter LeAnn Pate and son Christopher (Alison) Pate of Lee’s Summit; sisters Charla (Max) Caurthers, Susan (Ron) Hill, Elaine (Gary) Gardener and sister-in-law Renna Pate. He was known as “Papaw” to granddaughters Felisha (Adam) Summers, RayAnne (Lance Shouse) McCubbin, Hailey and Sarah Pate; grandson Benjamin Pate and great-granddaughter Marlee Summers. He had many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 from 1-2 p.m. at Bross & Spidle Funeral Home. Services will immediately follow, with burial at Hillcrest Cemetery in Excelsior Springs.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Arrangements provided by Bross & Spidle Funeral Home.

By Brittany Zegers • zegers@leaderpress.com

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