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  • John ‘Jack’ R. Ferguson

  • John “Jack” R. Ferguson, 75, Independence, Mo., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012.

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  • John “Jack” R. Ferguson, 75, Independence, Mo., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012.
    A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 24, at Good Shepherd Community of Christ, 4341 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. Visitation will begin before the service at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Lion’s Club International Foundation, the World  Church of Jesus Christ,  12809 E. 48th St. S., Independence, MO 64055 or St. Luke’s Health Care Hospice, 4401 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64111.
    Jack was born Oct. 23, 1937, in Columbus, Ohio. While age thirteen, he became the youngest Eagle Scout in central Ohio. His education included an A.A. from Graceland College; B.L.S. Graceland College, attendance at Harbor College in Los Angles, California State College-Long Beach, Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Masters Degree in Religious Studies from the School of the Restoration, completed course work for a Doctorate of Philosophy in Business Administration from Columbia Southern University and an Honorary Doctorate in Theology from World University.
    Jack was involved in many civic organizations as well. He had served as President of the following organizations: Herald Publishing House, the Ferguson Group, Independence Board of Education, Independence Chamber of Commerce and the World Church of Jesus Christ. He was named Independence Citizen of the Year in 1979. He served many years as a full-time minister for the Community of Christ. He was very active in the Lion’s Club and received numerous International Presidential awards, membership keys and extension awards including serving as District Governor and Lions Club International Global Membership Area Team Leader. He was awarded the Melvin Jones Progressive Fellowship and was presented the Lions Ambassador of Goodwill Award in 2001. Jack was preceded in death by brothers, Bob and Don Ferguson.
    He is survived by his wife, Jan Ferguson, of the home; son, Steve Ferguson and wife, Colleen, Independence, Mo.; daughter, Connie Obos and husband, Steve, Reno, Nev.; grandchildren, Lindsay Dohrman and husband, Caleb, Lafayette, Ind., Jason Sifers and fiancée, Catherine Stallone, SSgt David Sifers and wife, SRA Kelly Sifers, all of Las Vegas, Nev., Sarah Sifers, Reno, Nev., and SRA Steven Ferguson, Aviano, Italy; great-granddaughter, Claire Dohrman; brother, Ed Ferguson and wife, Colleen, Independence, Mo.; brother-in-law, Bob Shipman and wife, Carolyn, Pipe Creek, Texas; nephew, TSgt Scott Shipman, Rapid City, S.D.; and many other nieces and nephews.
    Condolences may be sent to the family at www.speakschapel.com.
    Arrangements: Speaks Suburban Chapel, 816-373-3600.
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