Granville “Bud” L. Hoeflicker of Kansas City died October 25, 2017 from cancer complications. He was born to the late Joseph W. and Anna Bernhard Hoeflicker, Nov 16, 1922 on the family farm in Blackburn, MO the youngest of 7 children. Bud graduated in 1941 from Kern County Union High School, Bakersfield, CA where he played baseball.
In Dec 1942, at the beginning of World War II, Bud joined the Army Air Corp flying 50 missions as a radio operator on a B-17. He began with the 8th Air Force, 97th Bomb Group stationed at Polebrook, England. In November 1942 the group became the 12th Air Force and was sent to Africa. The group moved to Foggia, Italy becoming the 15th Air Force in Dec 1943. After returning to the states he was stationed in Amarillo, TX where he met his wife Juanita E. Bonney. They married in Kansas City, KS on June 1, 1945. After his discharge they returned to Bakersfield, CA until 1950 when they moved to Kansas City, MO for employment with Southwestern Bell Telephone Co retiring in 1985. In 1950, he was recalled during the Korean Conflict and served as an electronics instructor at Chanute AFB in Il.
Bud was a dedicated church member and Scout Leader. He loved to garden, play baseball, and coach Little League teams. He looked forward to coffee with his SWBT retirees. Most of all, he dearly loved his family.
He was predeceased by Juanita, his wife of 59 years, son Stephen, daughter-in-law Diane, son-in-law P. Roger Miller, parents and siblings Ella Cook, Florence Nolte, Arthur Hoeflicker, George Hoeflicker, Esther Buesing and Edith Woolsey. Bud is survived by daughter Karen A. Miller, granddaughters Laura Brent (Kevin) and Erin Brown (Tim), great-grandchildren, Kody and Kayleigh Brent, Justin and Josuah Brown and many nieces and nephews.
The family wants to thank Pamela Weinhold, MD and Jeffrey Holzbeierlein, MD for many years of care. A special thank you to the Kansas City Hospice team that included Jane Lesher, Julie Dreesman, NaToya Jones, Brenda, Gretchen, Tina and Maria.
Memorial contributions can be made to St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 700 NE Chipman Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 28th from 1:00–2:00 pm, Service 2:00 pm, at Johnson County Funeral Chapel, 11200 Metcalf Ave Overland Park KS. Burial will follow at Johnson County Memorial Gardens.