Jerald (Jerry) Edwin Cantwell

March 7, 1944 ~ January 14, 2022 (age 77)


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The meeting time is 12PM, Saturday 22 Jan.




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It is with sadness that we announce the passing of husband, father, and grandfather, Jerald “Jerry” Edwin Cantwell, Sr. on January 14, 2022 at Bates County Memorial Hospital after a valiant fight with pneumonia.  The following eulogy is written in Jerry’s own hand:  “I was born on March 7, 1944 in Fort Scott, Kansas, the son of Edwin Keller and Mary Emily (Kerby) Cantwell.  I was a grandson of Edison Ham and Gertrude (Keller) Cantwell and Walter Ancel Ida Mae (Kelly) Kerby.  I married Monya Gwyndolin (Barber) Brundige on February 29, 1980. I am survived by my wife, Monya and my son, Jerald “Eddie” Edwin Cantwell, II.  Also surviving are my children: Alethea Fawn (Brunidge) and George “Bud” Coberly; Peggy Darlene (Brundige) and Jayson Flint; Weldon Pernell and Lori Brundige; Daniel Joseph and Shanei Brundige; and Barbara Lea (Brundige) and James Allphin; along with 19 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.  Also surviving is my brother, Edward Lee and Patricia (McGinnis) Cantwell; and a nephew, William Eugene and Johna Cantwell.  I was preceded in death by my parents; grandparents; a nephew, Patrick Edison Cantwell; a granddaughter, Tessa Jean Allphin; and a son-in-law, Michael Scott Coleman.  I grew up in the Prescott and Pleasanton, Kansas area.  I attended Walnut Valley School (a one-room country school) for seven years, and Prescott Grade School for one year.  I graduated from Prescott Rural High School and from Iola (Kansas) Junior College.  I graduated from Emporia (Kansas) State University with a B.S. in Accounting and a minor in Social Science.  My first job was at Interpace, Corp. in Kansas City, Kansas. Then I worked at Johnson National Bank in Prairie Village, Kansas for several years.  I went to Idaho for a short time for Paul Jones Dodge-Jeep automobile dealership. Then I came back to Kansas to help my dad with the farming for several years.  After being a farmer for a while, I worked for Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri as a security guard and housekeeper for a short time.  Then for 20 years at the State Hospital in Nevada, Missouri as a DA1 and a DA2 (an aide).  I retired from there. I did income tax returns for individuals and accounting for small businesses for 40 years.  I was a member of the Pleasanton, Kansas Chamber of Commerce for a number of years.  I served as the treasurer for several years.  I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I served as Ward Executive Secretary and Ward Financial Clerk for many years in the Nevada Ward.  Also, I was a Family History Worker in the Family History Center.  I have been working on my family history for many years.  Although my accomplishments have been very great, there is a lot of work to be done.”

Visitation will be at Heuser Funeral Home, Rich Hill, Missouri on Friday , January 21st from 2-4 pm.  Funeral at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1101 N. Olive, Nevada, Missouri, Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 12 pm, following a visitation from 11 am till noon.  Burial at Richland Cemetery, Richards, Missouri.


This is my last goodbye and farewell to you all;
It is time for me to answer thy great call.

This time is not a sad time, but a happy one;
I am not in the presence of thy great one.

I am now with the loved ones who have gone before;
Here in the Spirit World I am in pain no more.

I am in a wonderful and beautiful place;
You’ll be able to meet and see thy Lord’s face.

For time is short on earth, please follow the Lord’s way;
When I see you here, it will be a great day.


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January 21, 2022

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Heuser Funeral Home
320 E. Walnut
Rich Hill, MO 64779

January 22, 2022

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
1101 N. Olive St
Nevada, MO 64772

Funeral Service
January 22, 2022

12:00 PM
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
1101 N. Olive St
Nevada, MO 64772

January 22, 2022

1:30 PM
Richland Cemetery
County Road H
Richards, MO 64778

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