Joseph Earl Donaway, Sr., 72, of Kansas City, Kansas, passed away January 16, 2019, surrounded by his family. A celebration of life was held Saturday, January 26, 2019, at Amos Family Funeral Home, Shawnee, Kansas.
Joseph was born in Bettendorf, Iowa, on December 28, 1946 to Earl and Helen Donaway. He was raised in Houston, Missouri.
He is survived by his wife, Debbie; daughter, Heather and Ted King; son, Joe Donaway and Chelsey; granddaughter, Lilly King; and siblings, Fred of Cabool, Missouri, Ann, Liz and Earl.
Joseph was the owner of Total Concept Pest Control in Mission, Kansas. He enjoyed gardening and growing food for those in need. He was the definition of a green thumb, able to grow anything. In his prime, he worked five gardens concurrently. He also enjoyed canoeing and camping.
He was a 1964 graduate of Houston High School and a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor of science degree in horticulture and entomology.
He was a skilled wood worker and built beautiful pieces ranging from jewelry boxes to garden sheds.
He loved to travel and visited every state in the continental U.S. He collected rocks as souvenirs from every place he went and stacked Cairns every place he went. He always took the road less traveled and loved the scenic route.
Joseph was an honorable family man and never met a stranger. He will be missed by everyone that knew him.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Kansas City Community Gardens, 6917 Kensington Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64132 or Cross Points Ministries, 3006 S. 34th Street, Kansas City, KS 66106.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.amosfamily.com.