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Phillip L. Baumhoff

Phillip Leroy Baumhoff

With great sadness, we announce the passing of Phillip Leroy Baumhoff, 80, of Harrisonville Missouri, formerly of Cleveland, Missouri. Phillip passed away at home surrounded by loved ones on Friday, September 15, 2023. He battled serious health issues for the last seven years of his life, and despite the pain, he stayed strong until the end and never lost his sense of humor.  

Phillip was born on March 11, 1943, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Herbert B. Baumhoff and Verna Parker Baumhoff. Phillip lived the majority of his life in Cleveland, Missouri. He was a graduate of Cass-Midway High School Class of 1961. He raised a family in Cleveland, and during those years, he served on the city council, coached girls’ softball, little league baseball, and football, and served two terms as the president of the Cass Midway school board. He worked for Deluxe Check Printers for 21 years and retired in 1998. Of all the jobs he had in life, the one he did the best was the job of “Dad.” 

Phillip was a loving father, grandfather, friend, neighbor, and a bonus Dad to many. He was always ready to lend a hand to those in need. He never wanted anyone to go without. He was a longtime supporter of the Salvation Army and Paralyzed Veterans of America organization. Before his health issues, he loved to ride his motorcycle, attend parties, and do volunteer work with his dear friend and unofficial social director, Dee Grout. Some of his fondest memories were family road trip vacations when his kids were growing up, the time he went sky diving, and his trip to the Albuquerque hot air balloon festival. He loved his kids, but his greatest joy was his grandson Brody’s birth. They were two peas in a pod from day one, and he made sure Brody had all that his heart desired. The bond between them was exceptional. He always had a joke or limerick to tell, and nobody thought he was funnier than he did, and he loved to laugh.

Phillip was united in marriage with Paula Huff in 1964. Even though the marriage ended in 1988, they remained lifelong friends. From that marriage, two children were born—a son, Jason, and a daughter, Julie. Phillip was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Herb Baumhoff, and a sister, Barbara Robinett. Phillip is survived by his daughter Julie Colley (Colin) of Lenexa, KS, his son Jason Baumhoff (Christy) of Clinton, MO, a grandson Brody Brown of Lenexa, KS, and a granddaughter Lauren Liechti of Gower, MO, and a sister Pamela Bailey (Tom) of Cleveland, MO and many other friends and loved ones.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Lisa Allin for the care and friendship she provided Phillip in the final year of his life. It truly made a difference in his quality of life, and also to his friends, neighbors, and staff at Harrisonville Heights for being such a loving, caring, inclusive community to him with his limited mobility.   A special thank you to the team at Crossroads Hospice for the exceptional care he received in his final weeks.

Phillip was cremated under the direction of Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, MO. A visitation will be held on Saturday, October 14th, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Harrisonville Heights Community Room at 201 Jesi Ave in Harrisonville, MO. This is a casual come-and-go celebration of his life to pay respects and share memories. If you have any stories or pictures, you would like to share, or to mail cards etc. They can be sent to Julie Colley at 17800 W. 94th Ct Unit 26205, Lenexa, KS  66219

11 Messages

  • Crystal, Cody & Lily Schuetz Posted September 19, 2023 4:25 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Sending love and good vibes to you during this time of loss and grief! We love you!

  • Crystal, Cody & Lily Schuetz Posted September 19, 2023 4:26 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. Sending you love and good vibes! We love you!

  • David and Kathy Blevins Posted September 19, 2023 6:32 pm

    Such a great guy who was very influential in our lives. His humor was boundless and he always had a joke or funny story. He will be missed. Love to the family during this time.

  • Charlene Givens Posted September 19, 2023 7:39 pm

    My deepest condolences to the family, friends and loved ones at the passing of your loved one.

  • Janis Camerlinck Posted September 19, 2023 10:32 pm

    My deepest condolences to Phil’s family and friends. He was a great coworker at Deluxe, a good friend, and always had a smile to share. Phil was always a part of the fun. He will be missed.

  • Zach stokes Posted September 20, 2023 5:23 am

    Many, many, many memories of Phil. He was a friend and more to many people. Always a smile and a laugh, I enjoyed our talks in the late years and will always respect him for his no-nonsense opinions. Bless you Brody, a grandpas love is never replaced but filled by memories of all the good times you and your grandpa had. Bless the family. Rest in piece Mr. Baumhoff, a life well lived.

  • Sheryl Roederer Posted September 20, 2023 8:46 am

    Phil was such a kind person with a great sense of humor. He always had a smile on his face even when he was in pain. He will be missed.

  • Debbie MacRae Posted September 20, 2023 1:36 pm

    I was a long time KCSC member and I had the privilege to spend an evening with Phil. You see his “social director” Dee Grout asked him to stand (sit actually haha) as chauffeur for the evening. Dee filled a utility van full of ladies and off we went for a bar hopping night. Through the many years since that monumental event I think of Phil and his sweet and funny demeanor with affection. You see it was my 50th birthday and he made it all possible for his ‘ski bunnies’ to party and be safe.

    • Julie Colley Posted September 20, 2023 7:59 pm

      He told us the story of that night many times. He had a great time being the chauffeur. Thank you for sharing!

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