Wesley Walter Knowles, 75, of Lee’s Summit, passed away peacefully, on December 4, 2018. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 o’clock, Saturday December 8th, at Langsford Funeral Home, in Lee’s Summit. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Wayside Waifs or Furry Kids’ Refuge; both are beloved animal welfare organizations which Wes supported.
Wes was born and raised in Appleton City, Missouri, the middle of 5 kids. He always had a love of music, and that love took him to Warrensburg, to attend CMSU, where he studied music. Wes worked in the music industry all of his life, with a few meaningful detours along the way, but the one constant in his life was music. Although he played the bass, through his career with School Music Service and volunteering with Lee’s Summit Music Parents and Lee’s Summit Symphony, he also promoted this love and passion for all instruments and all music for future generations.
He was a character; being both profound and profane, Wes lived to make people laugh. He knew more jokes than anyone and his timing was always flawless. Everyone who knew him will remember him as a mischievous storyteller with a quick sense of humor, always ready with a joke or a story to make you smile. He forever loved bringing a smile or a laugh to those near to him. He also loved dogs, Kansas City sports, cars, crossword puzzles, movies and ice cream with fresh strawberries; he loved these things almost as much as he loved his friends and family.
Wes is survived by his daughter, Kari Knowles and her husband Greg Henry; his stepson Nathan Wilson and his wife Lina and their daughter, Toni; his stepdaughter Lindsey and her daughter Lilly, who followed in his musical footsteps; his sister-in-law, Linda Knowles; brothers, Jay Knowles and his wife and Franklin Knowles; sister, Susan Evans and her husband; many nephews and nieces and more friends than can be imagined. Wes was loved by many.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Diane Knowles; his brother, McColley Knowles; and his parents, Mary (Mac) and Russel Knowles.
The family would like to thank One Community Hospice and Home Instead for their kind and amazing care. Without them, the laughter would have ended much sooner.