David Patrick Backhus, 52, passed away Sunday, April 21st, 2019 after a brave battle with
cancer. David graduated from Lathrop High School in 1985, where he was a star football and
baseball player. He was also known for “tearing up the town.” David joined the Navy in 1985
and served until 1992. The last fifteen years he was employed by the Lee’s Summit R-7 School
David was an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman. He was passionate about coaching both
of his daughters in softball throughout their school years. David was an honest, loyal, hardworking man who would drop everything to help a friend or neighbor in need. People were
drawn to, and knew him for, his work ethic, sincerity, kindness, helpfulness towards everyone,
zest for life, endearing nature, and great sense of humor. He always had a smile on his face and a
hearty greeting for everyone he came across. David was truly one of a kind and a blessing for
those who knew him.
David was preceded in death by his brother, Danny Backhus, his parents, Alfred and Mary
Backhus, and his first wife, Lucinda Backhus.
He is survived by his loving wife, Viki Backhus, daughters Jessica Backhus and Samantha
Backhus, stepchildren Jeffrey Bredemeier (Ashley), Angela Teghtmeyer (Eric), Aubree Perry
(Nathan), Alyse Talbot (Ian) and grandchildren, Jordan, Jeremiah, Sullivan, Ainsley, Victoria,
Macree and Scarlett. Survivors also include David’s sisters Theresa Wren (Donald) and Rosanna
Ristau (Dave), numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.
Visitation services will be held on Saturday, April 27th, 2019 from 3:00pm-5:00pm at Langsford
Funeral Home, 115 SW 3rd Street, Lee’s Summit. A short service will be held immediately
following the visitation. In leu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to Wayside
Waifs and/or Kansas City Hospice.