Larry Gail Fajen (87) of Raymore, MO passed away peacefully at UH Lakewood Care Center on February 1, 2024. He was surrounded by his family in his last days. Larry was born December 24, 1936 in Versailles, MO to Cornelius and Mildred Fajen. He graduated from Cole Camp High School in 1954.
He enlisted into the United States Army in 1958 and served overseas from 1958 until 1962. Upon returning to Cole Camp, he decided to move to Kansas City and then enrolled in a private career school, Electronics Institute in 1965 and studied Electronics and graduated in 1966. His desire and passion to master the electronics arena allowed him to become a lab assistant before he graduated and he continued to be an employee for 50 year, something that is just not heard of these days. He held many positions over the years from Instructor to Director of Training, Vice-President and President until 1990. At that point he was involved with the education side as well as with the day-to-day operation of the institutional bookstore. During his time with the school, he was a member of various state and federal associations including as a member of the Advisory Board of Higher Education, Missouri Association of Private Career Schools and the National Association for Vocational Rehabilitation. There were so many lives that were touched and changed by his love and commitment to education.
Along with being employed at the school he also had a company, Interface Systems which managed and maintained Kemper Arena for concerts and the Royals and Chief scoreboards from 1972 until 1984.
When he wasn’t working, his one true passion and enjoyment was spending his weekends at the Lake of the Ozarks. He had a few boats over the years from 1982 until 1998. There were so many friendships that he and Debbie gained over the years and always reminisced about. Another hobby that he had was buying cars and the last count on the number he had over the years was close to 35!
He is preceded in death by his parents, Cornelius and Mildred Fajen, brother Jay Fajen, sister in-law, Darlene Fajen, mother in-law and father-in law, Jack and Virginia Edwards. Larry is survived by his wife, Debbie Fajen, children Larry Gail Fajen and wife Miley, Terry Fajen and wife Angel, Kari Fajen-Kimmis and husband Tommy, Rudy Edwards, brother in-law, 5 nephews, 1 niece and multiple cousins along with 10 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren!
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly request that donations be made to KC Hospice, 2000 NE Vivion Road, Kansas City, MO.