Henry DeLay Boppart of Overland Park, Kansas passed away January 19, 2023 at the age of 94. He was born October 19, 1928 in Kansas City, Missouri to Bertha Mae and Thomas H. Boppart.
During his younger years he was active in Boy Scouts of America. While in Scouting he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and was a member of Mic-O-Say at H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation.
Henry graduated from Rockhurst High School where he lettered in football. He attended the University of Missouri graduating with a bachelor’s degree from the College of Business. He was a member of Phi Kappa Theta fraternity. He then served in the United States Army and was stationed in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
He and Gretta were married March 4, 1957. They made their home in Overland Park, Kansas, where they raised their three children. They celebrated sixty-five years of marriage.
His interests included collecting maps, planning and taking long road trips, and playing tennis. He especially enjoyed studying historic westward trails. He was an active member of the Oregon-California Trails Association. He also took pride in his family’s long standing Kansas City heritage, with his grandfather coming up with the phrase “Heart of America.”
Henry’s greatest joy in life was spending time with his five grandchildren who called him Papa. He was honored to have his great grandson as his namesake.
Henry is survived by his wife Gretta Boppart, daughter Mary Appleby (Jon), sons Patrick Boppart and Paul Boppart, grandchildren Christopher, Marcus, and Benjamin Appleby, Andrew and Megan Boppart, great grandson Henry Appleby, sisters Jane Schleicher and Kathleen Cashman, many nieces and nephews, and longtime friend Lou Bosso.
He is preceded in death by his parents and sisters Mary Ellen Crowe and Anne Mueller.
A remembrance is being planned in the near future. Private inurnment will take place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Raytown. Please check back for further details.