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Brian W. Jerden

October 15, 1946 ~ September 15, 2018 (age 71)


Brian Ward Jerden, Sr., 71, of Lee’s Summit, was born, October 15, 1946, in Flint, Michigan, the son of Archie A. and Isabell M (Kirchner) Stowell.  At the age of 5 he was adopted by William D. and Mary M. (MacLean) Jerden.  He departed this life, Saturday, September 15, 2018, at his home.

Brian was a 1964 Indianapolis, Indiana, South Port High School graduate and a United States Navy Vietnam War Veteran.

On June 1, 1998, he was united in marriage to Kathryn R. Woodrum-Garrison in Pleasant Hill. 

Brian was employed as a journalist having several articles published in the Lee’s Summit Journal as well as the John Knox Village News.  He was also employed as a Landscaper and was part of the crew that planted the many rose plants at Unity Village.  He was a member of the Harrisonville United Methodist Church and a Life Member of the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars.  He enjoyed writing poetry, gardening, golfing, bowling, and playing Wii.

Brian was preceded in death by his parents; one grandchild, Mariah; and one brother, William “Bill” Jerden.

He is survived by his wife Kathy of the home; one son, Brian W. Jerden, Jr. of Washington State; two daughters, April D. (and Chris) Stecher of Olathe, and Kristina Parker of Grain Valley; one stepson Phillip (and Brittany) Garrison of Harrisonville; one stepdaughter, Rachel Garrison of Lee’s Summit;  10 grandchildren, Graysen, Elias, Macy, Hayden, Madison, Djinn, Cameron, Colston, Cora, and Adelynn;  2 great grandchildren, Maddox and Skylar; one brother Darrell (and Pam) Jerden of Bloomington, Indiana; and sister-in-law, Dixie Beechner-Jerden of Reno, Nevada; other relatives and friends.

Cremation has been accorded.

A memorial service was held Monday, September 24, 2018, at the Pleasant Hill 1st Presbyterian Church.  Reverend Mary Rose Shonkwiler officiated.   Full military honors were conducted by the U.S. Navy and the V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the V.F.W. Post #3118 Veteran’s Relief Fund and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Donations may be made to:

VFW Post #3118 - Veterans Relief Fund
1701 Country Club Dr., Pleasant Hill MO 64080

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