November 12 Update – Celebration of Life

Brandon Michael Whetsel, 37, of Lee’s Summit, MO, passed away on November 11, 2018,  at home with his family after an 18-month battle with peritoneal mesothelioma. He was born on January 16, 1981, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, MO, and was an only child to Tonya and Jim Whetsel. Brandon was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching the Chiefs, Royals and Missouri Tigers. He played baseball, basketball and football while growing up and through his years at Raytown High School. Brandon was employed by Teva Pharmaceuticals/AssistRX. He was a member of Summit Park Church in Lee’s Summit. Brandon’s engaging smile and fun-loving personality drew people to him. He loved his family and friends deeply, and we will miss him every single day.

Brandon will be lovingly remembered by his wife and best friend, Kristen, and daughters, Avery and Kayleigh.  He also leaves behind his parents, Tonya and Jim; his parents-in-law, Debbie and Greg Cardona; his grandmother, Marge Whetsel; and many other family members and friends.

Brandon was preceded in death by his Granny and Papa, Dorothea and Roy Pendergist; his grandmother, Adalyn Holdshoe; and his grandfather, Ray Whetsel.

A family-friendly celebration of Brandon’s life will be held on Friday, November 16, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Yellow Rock Barn, 8307 Westridge Rd, Raytown, MO 64138. Family and friends are invited to wear their favorite Chiefs, Royals or Mizzou gear in his memory. (No KU gear, please. ?) Memorial donations may be made to the Brandon Whetsel Memorial Fund (for the benefit of Avery Whetsel) at UMB Bank by visiting any branch or by mail at UMB Bank, Mailstop 1020601, PO Box 419226, Kansas City, MO 64141-6226; to Summit Park Church at 2818 NE Independence Ave, Lee’s Summit, MO 64064; or to the cancer organization of your choice.

We would like to thank Brandon’s care team at KU Cancer Center and at KC Hospice and Palliative Care. Special thanks to his nurse, Kim, who cared for him in his final weeks.

9 thoughts on “November 12 Update – Celebration of Life”

  1. My sincerest sympathies for the loss of Brandon. I have kept track of the progress and falling back over the last months. There are no words to explain to you, comfort you or remedy this whole situation. We truly can’t understand “the plan” but at least he isn’t in any pain and knows that his family will be cared for and loved just as he would do.

    Blessings and comfort to you all

  2. Brandon was one of my most favorite people. His sense of humor was amazing. Much love to him for all he contributed to my world ?

  3. I am very sorry for your loss. Brandon was a ray of sunshine on a gloomy day, a breath of fresh air on hot muggy day, and a truly wonderful spirit and the best Royals fan ever. I am sorry I had not seen him in some time but he was always in my heart and on my mind. He will be missed here on earth but welcomed with wide open arms in heaven. Praying for comfort and support for his family right now in this very difficult time. Peace to you.

  4. I’m really having a hard time with the words because they seem so inadequate but my heart is in pieces hearing this. Life kind of took us in different directions so we weren’t the friends we were in the past and I regret that because I’ve always thought of Brandon as one of the very best human beings I’ve ever come across. For the time I was around him, he always had a smile, always something funny to say, always a playful way about him that made you want to be around him. I have nothing but the very fondest memories of the shenanigans that may or may not have occured when he was around. My absolute deepest condolences go to the family and friends that are here to carry on his memory.

  5. So very sad to lose such a wonderful person from this world, especially a world that needs people just like him. So much of what has been said above is an exact description of him, and there is no doubt everyone who knew Brandon would agree with and could picture easily. That is what makes him so special. Heaven gained an angel November 11th. Life is just a drop in the bucket, and if we believe we will all be re-united again. Family and Friends. My warmest condolences to the family.

  6. I’m praying for all of Brandon’s family today. I hope you find some comfort in the memories of all who love him. What a wonderful young man, man of faith and a man who loved his wife and family and friends dearly ??

  7. Brandon was an amazing person and im about to be 14 and even tgough I’ve only know him for almost 14 years it was still long enough to feel how amazing he is and how he has a great effect on everyone he is around and he is just so amazing and I’m glad he was friends with my uncle jared and my mom just so i had the chance to know him. I’m praying for rhe whole family! ❤

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