Edward L. LaMarJune 22, 2017
Eddie was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on July 6, 1924, to Laura Hermina (Lange) and William Edgar LaMar. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Betty in November 2016, his sister Eleanor Hatfield, his brothers Norman, Raymond, Frank, and Lawrence LaMar and his son-in-law Leo Burns.
In 1943 Eddie joined his brothers in enlisting in the Army to defend his country in WWII. He served in Company D 32nd Armed Regiment, 3rd Army Division, where he was a heavy truck driver, a sharpshooter and part of the tank corp. He fought in the battles of Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe. He received the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with three Bronze Stars, a Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart, GO 21 7th CON HOS 45, and Army of Occupation Medal Germany. He was critically injured in Belgium in January 1945, mended and sent back to the field in the final days of the Battle of the Bulge. He left the Army in 1946 as a Sargent, returning to Kansas City, Kansas.
He married Betty Virginia (LaHue) Martindale on December 21, 1949. They had two daughters, Glenda Martindale Burns (Betty’s daughter from a previous marriage) and Candice Lynn LaMar.
Eddie worked several different jobs including construction work, Gusten Bacon Fiberglass, Darby Corporation as a welder, for his brother Raymond at LaMar Donuts, and retired from the Nelson Atkins Gallery.
In 1958 Betty and Eddie moved into a new home in Stoney Point North. With Glenda and Candy being ten years apart in age, the house was always filled with teenagers and little kids. There was always something going on…croquet, badminton and volleyball in the back yard, cook-outs…always fun, always laughter, always love. Eddie was right in the middle of it, playing the games and laughing, enjoying his family and life
They lived for awhile in Edwardsville, but after Eddie retired from the Nelson Atkins Gallery, they hit the road, living for a while in Branson, Missouri, and then in Weslaco, Texas. Betty and Eddie traveled all over the country with their van and a pop-up trailer. They sold ceramics and floral arrangements, along with other treasures, at flea markets. They made tons of friends during their travels and of course, there was never a dull moment.
Eddie was funny, smart, talented and had a great sense of humor…but most importantly he was a very good human being, loving and loved. He was a wonderful husband, Dad and Grandpa, known for his western shirts, bolo ties, boots and hats.
Eddie is survived by his daughters Glenda Martindale Burns and Candice LaMar Worner, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
A celebration of his life will be held at The Piper, 2300 N 113th, Kansas City, KS, 7:00-9:00 PM, July 6, 2017