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  • Elmer Earl Fye

  • Elmer Earl Fye, age 88, of Independence, Mo., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at The Groves.

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  • Elmer Earl Fye, age 88, of Independence, Mo., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at The Groves.
    Elmer was extraordinarily generous both in life and in death. He donated his body to research at the KU Medical Center. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at Mission Woods Congregation, Community of Christ, 2800 N.W. Duncan Road, Blue Springs.
    Elmer was born in El Dorado, Kan., on January 30, 1924, to Malcolm and Ida (Hudson) Fye. He enlisted in the Marine Corps early in World War II and served in the Pacific area. Elmer trained as a Marine Paratrooper. He fought in battles at Bougainville, BSI; Peleliu, Palau Group; and Okinawa, Ryukyu Island. He was a member of the Association of Survivors for the Marine Paratroopers of World War II. After the war, he returned home to Independence, Mo., and was married to Mary Lou Pratt on April 4, 1947. Elmer and Mary Lou were married for 59 years until her death in 2006. To this union were born two daughters and twin sons. Elmer retired in 1976 after 30 years of inventory control with Ford Motor Company. He was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, now known as Community of Christ, and served for many years as a very faithful Deacon. He enjoyed building houses and volunteered at Camp Doniphan redoing cabins. In recent years, he also volunteered at the Palmer Senior Center.
    Elmer is survived by his daughters, Kathryn Dexheimer and husband, Greg, and Myrna Tweedy; sons, Danny Fye, and Dwain Fye and wife, Marilyn; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Vera Sellars, Bettyjo Kirk and Martha Casey; sister-in-law, Rosalie Kramer; two aunts, Vera Fye and Dessie Montgomery; 27 nieces and nephews; and his friend. Kathryn Coy. He is preceded in death by his wife; parents; and three sisters, Irene Hayward, Esther Capell and Opal Williamson.
    In lieu of flowers the family encourages donations to Hope House, P.O. Box 577, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063 or Outreach International, 129 W. Lexington Ave., Independence, MO 64050.
    Online condolences may be left at www.speakschapel.com.
    Arrangements: Carson-Speaks Chapel, 816-252-7900.
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