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David S. Plumbley

June 19, 1934 — November 25, 2022

David was born June 19,1934 in El Paso, Texas and stepped into his eternal home on Friday, November 25 2022, in Independence, MO.

He was the fifth son in a family of six boys and three girls (the youngest girl was adopted
during WWII) of Thomas Ashley Plumbley and Ruth Davis Plumbley. After graduating
from Ysleta High School in 1952, he joined the United States Air Force. Assigned to the
School of Aviation Medicine (now the School of Aerospace Medicine). There he was
involved with testing for the effects of radiation in outer space in preparation for our
country's space program. He helped to train the first monkey that performed perfectly
with no evidence of radiation.

He met and married his wife, Helen while working at the
Austin Lab. She was the Directors' Secretary just out of Goliad High School.
When discharged from the Air Force, he was accepted to train and become a member of
the Texas Highway Patrol and was stationed in Laredo, TX, San Antonio, TX and
Floresville, TX.

David was called into the Christian ministry in 1961 and attended Texas Christian
University in Ft. Worth, TX where he graduated in 1964. He served as Pastor of the
Walnut Springs Christian Church, worked as a Deputy Sheriff for the Tarrant County
Sheriff and went to school full time winter and summer. Upon graduation he was called
to be the pastor of the Elsberry Christian Church in Missouri. During this pastorate, He
attended the Missouri School of Religion Seminary on the University of Missouri
campus in Columbia. He earned his Master of Divinity degree there.

Shortly after graduation from the seminary, he moved to Raytown, MO to become an
Associate Minister with Dr. W.W. (Buck) Jones at the Raytown Christian Church where
he served 3 years and then moved to Dallas, Tx. To become the pastor of the Oakwoods
Christian Church. While in Dallas, he was the founding pastor of the Master's Christian
Church of DeSoto, TX. In 1976 he was called to be the pastor of the Fairmount Christian
Church in Independence. He served as pastor for 16 years. He resigned this pastorate in
1992, and taught special education classes in the Kansas City School District until he was
called to the Metro Church of North Kansas City as the Pastor of Evangelism. In 2001
David became the founding Pastor of the Kinsman Redeemer Christian Fellowship in
Independence, a church where handicapped individuals do the ministry. He continued this
ministry until God called him home.

The Plumbleys came to America from the Village of Plumbley in England. David's
grandmother was a Milam from Houston, a relative of Ben Milam who died at the Alamo
fighting alongside Daniel Boone, Davy Crocket, James Bowie, Stephen F. Austin and
nameless other heroes who died for Texas independence.

David joins His Lord and all his loved ones who went before him including his parents, four brothers, three sisters, two daughters Patricia Ann as an infant and his first born, Jacqueline Diane at age 54; and his son-in-law Steve Steffan. He precedes his beloved wife, Helen; his daughter, Kathryn Steffan; sons, Steven and wife, Cathi, and Scott and wife Roxanna; granddaughters, Jessica Steffan, Krystine Plumbley, Richelle (Matthew) Nelson, Benjamin (Royanna) Smith, Collin Plumbley (Tiffany Seigler); great grandchildren, Kaitlyn (Matt) Bradley, Haven Larkin-Smith, Oliver, Tessa, Rowan, and Hunter; as well as his brother, Robin (Jan) Plumbley.

A visitation will be held from 5-7pm on Wednesday, November 30th at Carson-Speaks Chapel, 1501 W Lexington Ave., Independence, MO 64052. Service will be at 2pm on Thursday, December 1st, also at the Chapel. Interment with military honors will take place following at Mt. Washington Cemetery in Independence.

Online condolences may be expressed at (Arrangements: Carson-Speaks Chapel 816-252-7900)
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