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John Cyrus Tennery Sr.

July 13, 1937 — October 24, 2022

John Cyrus Tennery, Sr., 85 of Independence, MO passed away Monday, October 24, 2022 at Centerpoint Medical Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 29, 2022 at the Village Heights Community of Christ, 1009 N Farview Dr, Independence, MO. Burial will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday at the Jamesport Masonic Cemetery in Jamesport, MO. The family will greet friends from 6 to 8:00 p.m., Friday evening at the Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E. 39th St., Independence, MO 64055. John was born July 13, 1937 in Oklahoma City, OK to Glen Grant and Grace Traxler (Moore) Tennery. He graduated from Wichita West High School, Wichita, KS in 1955. He was an outstanding football player and was named All-State for Kansas, and All-American. He proudly served in the US Navy from 1955-57. He was a longtime employee of Helzberg Diamonds from 1971-1995, retiring as sales manager; and then spent 6 years with Kay Jewelers. He enjoyed playing golf and watching football. He was a member of the Independence Rotary Club serving as President, the Independence Optimist Club serving as President, and Toastmasters-International, Independence Club. He served as hospital chaplain at Independence Regional, MCI, and later at Centerpoint Medical Center. He was a member and Elder of the East Alton Community of Christ church and most recently attended Village Heights Community of Christ. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Elaine (Langford) Tennery of the home; 5 children, John C. Tennery, Jr of Overland Park, KS, Christie Duke (Kevin) of Olathe, Ks, Todd Tennery of Independence, Mo. Becki Seitz (Adam) of Lenexa, KS, and Bryan Tennery (Merecia) of Cameron, MO; 11 grandchildren, Ali, Jason, and Trevor Tennery, Daniel, Katherine, and Rebekah Duke, Elizabeth Duke Gerringer, Michela Tennery Dooley, Will and Luke Seitz, and Melody Tennery; and 5 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, George Tennery and 2 sisters, Mary Ellen Ingram and Gloria Griffith. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Crossroads Hospice of Independence. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at (Arrangements: Speaks Suburban Chapel (816) 373-3600).
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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, October 28, 2022

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

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Saturday, October 29, 2022

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

Village Heights Community of Christ

1009 N Farview Dr, Independence, MO 64056

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Jamesport Masonic Cemetery in Jamesport, MO

, Jamesport, MO 64648

2:00 p.m., Graveside service Saturday, October 29, 2022

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