Richard ‘Henry’ Fruen AhMu died March 24, 2009.

Richard “Henry” Fruen AhMu, of Overland Park, KS died Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at the Hospice House due to complications of diabetes.

Henry was born in Hamilton, New Zealand on November 7, 1958 to Richard and Edna (Ormsby) AhMu. He and his family moved to Laie, Oahu, Hawaii in 1969 and then moved to independence, MO in 1972. He graduated from Truman High School in 1977 and also became a naturalized citizen that same year. He was trained by his father to be an auto body and paint technician (combination auto body man), which he chose as his profession. In 1985, he was diagnosed with diabetes, a disease that can be managed with strict blood sugar control and diet. However, at times he didn’t follow his doctors’ orders and wasn’t very diligent with following medical protocol. At the time of his death, he wanted others to know the effects of not controlling diabetes. In October 2006, he was admitted to the hospital for congestive heart failure and the beginning stages of retinal bleeding (bleeding of the eye) and was beginning to lose his eyesight. In April of 2008 he was diagnosed with kidney failure and told he needed a kidney transplant or dialysis. Due to other health problems, he was unable to have either one. The reason all of the details of his illness were written in this obituary is so that people who have diabetes will be aware of all of the complications of not controlling the disease.

Survivors include his wife, Diana Lynn AhMu; sisters, Louisa Thompson and husband Dan, Catherine Wilkins and children, and Melba AhMu; brothers, Oliver Ormsby AhMu and wife Maria and children, Joseph AhMu and wife Cindy and children; mother-in-law, Ruth Ann Woodard; sisters-in-law, Dana Woodard and Valerie Woodard; brothers-in-law, Philip Woodard and Gregory Woodard; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 2:00 PM at the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS, 5609 Norfleet Rd, KCMO 64133. Arrangements, Heartland Cremation 800-254-7679.